Advanced Box Making and Polishing with Ray Walton and Stephen M Goldsmith

Date
12 Sep 2019 · 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Price
£769, 8 days (12, 19, 26 September; 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 October 2019)
Venue
Silversmithing Workshop
Event type
Courses
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Join this new intensive 8-day course taught by our award-winning tutors, silversmith Ray Walton and polisher Stephen M Goldsmith, who will help you to develop your hand skills by producing and polishing a rectangular box within an inset bezel fitting lid. Ideal for intermediate to advanced learners.

Designed for more experienced silversmiths, this new intensive 8-day course (Thu 12, 19, 26 September; 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 October 2019) taught by our award-winning tutors, Ray Walton and Stephen M Goldsmith, will develop your hand skills by producing and polishing a rectangular box within an inset bezel fitting lid. Ideal for intermediate to advanced learners. Taking place in the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s well-equipped workshops, you will spend the first 6 sessions with our expert silversmith, Ray Walton, who will take you through the traditional processes of box-making.

What will you learn?

This will include: 

  • Understanding working drawings 
  • Accurate squaring up of blank and marking out 
  • Making, hardening and tempering a scoring tool 
  • Hand scoring 
  • Stick feeding all grades of solder 
  • Mitring in top 
  • Sawing box into base and lid 
  • Make up bezel wires 
  • Make stitches to aid positioning of bezel 
  • Filing to create flat surfaces 

Once the box is complete, you will be joined by Master Polisher Stephen M Goldsmith for the final two sessions where you will learn the techniques needed to make your piece look professional. This will include traditional methods to the use of polishing machinery. 

What will you learn?

You will learn:

  • Health and Safety related issues
  • How to prepare for the best results
  • Hand polishing 
  • Use of abrasives, sand, composition & the various tools that are used such as leather, felt, brushes & various grades calico mops
  • Finishes such as, bright, matt & textured surfaces with the standard buffing method
  • Barrel polishing
  • Looking after polished silver 
     

Who is this course designed for?

Intermediate: Some practical experience and understanding of the listed skill required.

Advanced: Practicing craftsperson looking to further an existing skill. 

Participants should be comfortable in a workshop environment and have a good understanding of working basic silversmithing tools and techniques. This course is not suitable for beginners.
 

What do I need to bring with me?

You will be required to bring with you the tools listed below:

  • Piercing saw
  • Old file (to be made into a scoring tool)
  • Vernier calipers
  • Square
  • Scriber
  • Steel ruler – 300 mm
  • Sterling silver will be provided by the Goldsmiths’ Centre and will be available to purchase at the end of the course.

All other materials will be provided by the Goldsmiths’ Centre.

Who are the tutors?

Ray Walton, the silversmith established himself in 1983 after completing 4 years of study at Hornsey Art College and Medway College of Design. In 1989, Ray was made Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’ and has since then worked across a broad spectrum of decorative metalwork. His areas of work include making own contemporary designs and commissions, antique restoration and conservation and teaching within the silversmithing trade. Alongside this, Ray is a fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths (IPG) and committee member of Contemporary British Silversmiths (CBS). 

Ray is also a winner of an astounding 17 Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council awards, including the Cartier Award, the Goldsmith's Company Award and various other Gold awards for silversmithing, chasing and smallwork.

Stephen M Goldsmith started out at Rochester Art college, now known as University for the Creative Arts, and was apprenticed at C.J Vander’s in 1971 and indentured with The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’. Master Polisher of over 45 years’ experience, Stephen has worked for the Crown Jewellers Asprey & Garrard and is now working with well-known society jeweller Theo Fennell. Stephen has polished and restored many famous silverware pieces including the Americas Cup, Cricket World Cup, Wimbledon Cup and many more. He has also been privileged to work in the jewel house at the Tower of London restoring The Grand Punch bowl made in 1830 and used by the Royal family on many occasions.

Stephen is a fellow and official ambassador of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths (IPG) and is also a Master of The Dutch Guild of Goldsmiths. Known by many as “the Gold polishing Guru”, Stephen is a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and was granted the Freedom of the City of London in 1975. He has also had the very rare honour of winning The Goldsmith's Company Award twice, plus many other prestigious awards. On top of all of this, the Guru has also recently published the best-selling book “Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths”.