Black­smith v. sil­ver­smith

The Shed - - Silversmith -

While there are sim­i­lar­i­ties in their crafts, sil­ver­smiths and black­smiths work with very dif­fer­ent met­als in dif­fer­ent man­ners. Sil­ver, be­ing soft and duc­tile, is worked at room tem­per­a­ture. Iron and steel only be­come soft and mal­leable un­der ex­treme heat. “Black­smiths work ev­ery­thing hot, while I do ev­ery­thing cold ex­cept for sol­der­ing,” says Nicola. Black­smiths call their shap­ing tools ‘anvils’; sil­ver­smiths call theirs ‘stakes’. A black­smith’s fur­nace is a ‘foundry’; a sil­ver­smith’s is a ‘hearth’. Tra­di­tion­ally sil­ver­smiths used char­coal- or coke­fired forges. Mod­ern sil­ver­smiths gen­er­ally use gas torches or some­times laser-beam welders.

The in­side of Nicola’s gob­lets are gold plated

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