As I was browsing the images of the workshops from the Middle ages I could often see some silversmith work, beside of making smaller jewels.
|A late 15th century workshop by the Master of Bileam showing St Eligius at work|
It seems that the goldsmith and silversmith was actually a same craft in Middle ages.
Than if I want to call myself a medieval goldsmith, there is no choice but grab a hammer and shape some vessels.
|St. Eligius at work by Niclaus Manuel 1515|
Good for me that Denmark is still a place where silversmithing craft that is doing quite well and it is still a part of the "precious smiths" training.
I took the trip to Fredericia one of the schools for goldsmiths to take part in a course.
Two weeks with different types of hammers. anvils, stakes, mallets etc.
It was a great fun!
But honestly I did not imagine that this is such a slow process.
Shaping a vessel takes days or even weeks and hundreds of thousands of hammer strikes. Than there is still some more hammering with the planishing hammer to smooth and polish the surface.
I also discovered that it has much more similarities to armour-making than I thought. Good I do not have to work with a glowing-hot metal to shape it.
Now I need to introduce this technique to my medieval workshop.