Forging Silver Spoons

Workshop  /  Making   Technics  /  24 Aug 2020  -  28 Aug 2020
Published: 26.06.2020
Max Gielis in his studio © Max Gielis
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Max Gielis in his studio © Max Gielis

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We all know spoons. They exist in all shapes and sizes and are one of the oldest inventions by man. During this workshop you will learn the basic techniques for forging a silver spoon.
How are spoons made?
Forging a spoon is a very intense process. You start from a bar of silver that is gradually forged into shape using an anvil and a heavy forging hammer. During this process, the silver is heated or annealed several times. This ensures that the silver can be formed during hammering. During the workshop you will learn step by step everything about how to shape and finish your spoon. Forging is a very old technique that is simple and fun to do. Seeing a hard and precious material transform into a beautiful and usable object is an almost magical experience. No prior knowledge is required for the workshop and it is suitable for beginners and those with some experience. You would be well advised to sign up without delay because places are limited to 6 a day.
The workshop is given by silversmith Max Gielis (° 1977). He studied silversmithing at Sint Lucas Antwerp, is a teacher at the RHoK Academy in Brussels and worked as an independent silversmith for i.a. Gijs Bakker and Koen Wijngaerden.
Practical information
The workshop will take place at Studio DIVA (Kaasstraat 7, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium) from 9:30 am till 4:30 pm. Participants choose at least two days from the available dates and register for the workshop via the online ticket shop of DIVA. The places are limited to 6 participants a day. Do you want to register for more than two days? Just select the extra days you want in the online ticket shop.

The workshop will take place from Monday 24 till Friday 28 of August 2020.
Cost of the workshop: € 105 a day (10% discount for friends of DIVA). Materials to make one spoon are included. If you want to make several spoons, you can purchase materials from DIVA or bring your own.

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