I recently ran my first silver spoon making workshop for two friends Hannah and Charlie who travelled from Southwell, Nottinghamshire, for the day. They had great fun making two unique silver spoons and also treated themselves to lunch at Sweet Caroline at Sharpes, our lovely onsite cafe here at the museum.
Hannah made her spoon with the phrase 'Av ya mashed the tea?' hand stamped in the bowl, affectionately recalling a much used phrase she grew up with. Her spoon is now being used daily, and has pride of place next to the kettle, as it is the perfect size for squeezing out teabags.
Charlie made her design based on the oak tree, with an 'acorn' bowl and oak leaf detail on the handle. She personalised hers with her family surname, and also plans to use it regularly with her family.
I was so impressed with their creations, neither of them had ever done any silversmithing before. Hannah said:
'Thank you for such a wonderful day. You have been amazing to show us so much in a day and encourage us all the way. Totally enjoyed it.'
The next silver spoon workshop will be on Friday 7th October 2022.
Charlie filing the edge of the silver acorn style bowl for her spoon
Charlie saw piercing the oak leaf shape from sheet silver
Hannah using the rolling mill to draw out her spoon handle
Soldering the handle to the bowl of the spoon
Hannah and Charlie's finished silver spoons
Hannah & Charlie holding the finished spoons they made during the one day workshop