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Traditional Silversmithing for Beginners

Friday 25 Nov 4pm — Sunday 27 Nov 5pm, 2016

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

Course Enquiry

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Full board per person (all meals, accommodation, tuition, materials):

  • £260 – single ensuite room
  • £235 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £235 – single non-ensuite room
  • £190 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (all meals, and activities):

  • £180

Non Resident (all meals except breakfast, and activities):

  • £170

Please note: Prices include a materials fee of £40 per person. Ness will provide tools for you to borrow for the duration of the course.


A traditional silversmithing course for beginners, exploring surface pattenation.

Led by Ness Bird, this weekend will focus on developing basic smithing skills through the process of making 2 simple pieces of silver jewellery of your choosing. We will be using techniques such as soldering, forging, planishing (creating a hammered surface,) stamping and oxidising. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with techniques over the weekend to create different surface decorations.

“Beautiful setting – you felt ‘spoilt’ for the weekend” Participant

Please bring a small sketch book and pencil (A5 ish). Make sure you wear old comfortable clothes with no loose ends, and tie long hair back. Materials are included for 2 pieces, extra materials  will be available to purchase as necessary. Tools will be provided for your use during the course.

Who’s it For?

This course is aimed at people with little or no experience of silversmithing.

The Team

Ness Bird has a degree in silversmithing and 3 dimensional design. She has worked as a professional Designer/Maker of jewellery for 17 years – predominantly of personalised wedding bands – and has been running metalsmithing and jewellery making courses for 10 years.