The course is a delight as Duncan is very passionate about passing on his skills to students. It is not for the faint hearted, however, as it is hard work. It will teach students how to use a hammer correctly to change the shape of the metal into something of beauty. The feeling of control of the metal is taught and many forgotten skills passed on by Duncan. It will benefit students to have used a torch prior to this course.
Duncan Edwards is a traditional spoon maker and expert cutler working in the industry, in Sheffield, for many years.
He now creates 'one off' contemporary pieces of flatware and cutlery for private collections and exhibitions.
The course is limited to six places to ensure that there is a good student to teacher ratio, however this does mean that places are limited and as such students are advised to book early to ensure a place on the course.
Day 1. Learn to forge a bar of copper using different hammers into a prototype spoon shape.
You then forge the bowl of the spoon using a traditional antique spoon block that was made and used in the cutlery industry.
Duncan then helps you to develop your finished spoon design in Britannia Silver for day two.
Day 2. The second day commences with forging your bar of Britannia Silver into your chosen design shape using all the techniques learnt on day one.
You then learn to finish your spoon using filing and polishing techniques.
How to manipulate metal in an immediate and visceral fashion
How to effectively use different shaped hammers to form silver and copper
Silver and copper forging techniques
Annealing metal to alter its characteristics
A prototype copper spoon
A Britannia Silver spoon, forged to your own design
The silver spoon is made in Britannia silver, which is charged at the time of the course with current metal price.