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laburnum and silver

Postby robin wood » Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:16 am

Just sending these two off to a customer and took some photos for Goldsmiths magazine before they go. The laburnum photographs really nicely. The first one is a mazer or medieval drinking bowl (bowl 5.5" diameter), the second a quaich, a Scottish vessel especially for whiskey drinking (bowl 3.5"). These ones are off to Wales.

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Bit more info about our mazers in an article here

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/localnews/Craftsmen-with-much-to-Crowe.4287937.jp
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Postby paul atkin » Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:12 pm

lovely looking work, do you do the silver work yourself?
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Postby robin wood » Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:14 pm

paul atkin wrote:lovely looking work, do you do the silver work yourself?


Thanks Paul, click on the linked article to find the answer to the question. :D
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Postby paul atkin » Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:20 pm

:oops: :D and when i go to see the film i will miss the plot cos i am trying to spot your bowls :roll: nice publicity though 8)
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Postby Fuzzy » Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:30 am

Hey, do you know how David starts the silver on the work? I'd like to try making some on the pole lathe, as I am also a metalsmith, but the only way I can imagine spinning the silver to the rim of a bowl is to have a "donut" of silver, with the inner diameter to fit in a shallow groove near the outer rim to hold it while the work is turning. Then I think it would be fairly straightforward to spin the rest around the rim- time will tell, I suppose...
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Postby Bob_Fleet » Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:13 am

I think it's a nice match with the laburnum and silver.
Like yew laburnum has a reputation for being poisonous. At least some parts of it, discussion elsewhere please.
At the same time silver was used to do-toxify and still is in molecular form.
Hence drinking from a 'poisonous' bowl over a rim of silver should be safe.
Clever eh?

Pity the poor peasants though who could only afford the wooden bit.
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