About Contour Academy

Contour Academy, which grew out of coachbuilders Contour Autocraft, was founded in 1998 by Bruce Macleod with a mission to establish a centre of excellence for training in traditional sheet metalwork.

Bruce gained exacting standards of workmanship and expertise from his father Iain Macleod, founder of Contour Autocraft, who had learnt traditional methods of vehicle body construction when he began his career as apprentice in 1953 to coachbuilder A.E. Smith.

Bruce, who has comprehensive experience in all aspects of vehicle body construction and repair as well as qualifications in joinery and tool making, is a highly regarded authority in his craft.

Contour have worked on a wide range of projects including: restoring and building steel and aluminium alloy car bodies, making the copper petals for the 2012 London Olympics cauldron and forming stainless steel profiles for the Aston Martin AM37 powerboat.

Our specialist courses give you access to generations of experience in a highly skilled and sought-after trade. You are given a significant amount of one-to-one tuition, & having a dedicated workspace and equipment ensures you get the maximum benefit from your learning experience with us.

Stage 1

Foundation Course

This course is an introduction to the principles of complex double-curvature sheet metalwork and will give you the confidence to tackle repair work and form and butt-weld double-curvature panels.

Stage 2

Construction Course

This course covers the principles and practise of designing, making and use of patterns, jigs and tooling for the manufacture and restoration of complex sheet metal panels.

Amazing course, I think I have found what I am on this planet for, thank you.
Simon Lewis
Excellent course, great instruction from real professionals – thank you.
Denis Mckee
It's the best course I have done so far.
Soren Jansson