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Gold and sil­ver­smith Rod Kelly plies his craft in Shet­land, at the South House Sil­ver Work­shop he runs with wife Sheila McDon­ald, an enam­eller and jew­eller. Manasi Depala (above with Rod) is one of the seven QEST schol­ars he’s taught over the past decade.

It’s a re­mote spot, but a re­ward­ing one. ‘Some days when the wind blows we won­der what we were think­ing,’ says Rod, ‘but when the sun comes out the wildlife ap­pears and you can see whales, por­poises and dol­phins pass­ing by. It’s amaz­ing.’ But in Fe­bru­ary, he adds, he has to keep the wood­stove blaz­ing day and night to stay warm.

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