Bill Dawson, Metalsmith

Change of address

Please take note:  My mailing address is changing to:

Bill Dawson
2103 Harrison Ave. NW  Ste. 2.
P.M.B. #341 Olympia, WA 98502

My email, ‘phone number, and all other contact information will remain the same, so feel free to call, text, or email me.  I take the privacy of my customers very seriously, so do not use comment boxes on this website to place orders, as information there is public.  I will be keeping my old postal box for a couple months, so if you have already sent something there it will not be a problem.  

I will be at the Oregon Country Fair in person this year, with a brand new coin design.  Come look for my cart at Jill’s Crossing, and see if you can guess what the new coin features.  Until then stay safe and healthy.

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In adittion to the peach coins I am also offering  silver pendants with inlayed gold peach designs, and peach annular brooches in copper brass and silver.



Spindle Whorls


Recently I had the opportunity to take a class on Japanese patina  techniques.  I didn’t want to just make little swatches of colored metal, because I wanted to learn how to get good results on real metalwork with various textures, shapes and combinations of alloys.  I decided on making whorls for drop spindles, as they are small, functional, and can be made in more or less any combination of metals.  This whorl is an alloy of 5% silver and 95% copper, and inlayed with little silver raised dots.  On the other side I have inlayed a gold beetle.  I have posted images of all the spindles I made for the class on the metalwork page, in the Contemporary Work section of this site.  (See menu above)


New Brooch

Having sold the disc brooch that I wore for over ten years, I decided to make a replacement.  This one is a bit larger, at 95 mm diameter, with many small silver bosses.  In the cut out areas I have carved stylized dogs chasing rabbits.  The central rosette, the four trefoil motifs, and the laurel leaves are 24K gold inlay.


Silver Chased Coronet

This silver circlet, is chased with a design of stylized vines and leaves, and set with glass beads provided by the customer.  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.