Bill Dawson, Metalsmith


New Book and Video Have Arrived

I recently received my copy of Unlocking the Secrets of the Ribbon Torc and the companion video.  There are even better than I had hoped.  I have posted a review on my book review page, in the section of this site for metalsmiths. Brian Clarke has been working on recreating the techniques involved in making Iron Age ribbon torcs for over ten years, and it shows.   You can order both the book and video on line at:  I learned to make ribbon torcs from Brian and it is a truly amazing process that you must see to believe.  If you are in North America, be sure to order the video in North American format, not PAL format.

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New Project in Progress

For the past couple of weeks I have been working on a custom project, in-between teaching and  tool making.  It is a silver circlet, here about half done, with a chased design of stylized vines and leaves.  To do the work I had to make a jig for the pitch in which the silver gets set, and a new set of texture punches.  You can see both on the bench in the picture below.  I would like to thank Jim for ordering this project, and Brian for letting me copy so many of his antique punch tools.

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As you can see I am rebuilding my web site in a new format.  This should allow me to update my pages and change the site as need be.  It will also allow me to post more detailed pictures of my work, and keep everyone informed about shows and workshops, and other events that I will be a part of.  The site is still very much under construction, but please feel free to explore, and to come back in the future to see what new things I post in the coming weeks and months.