The working of a circular piece of metal on a lathe into various shapes using hand tools.
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The metal is formed over a chuck and worked with a tool known as a spoon to produce the desired shaped. The technique is often used to make items such as hemispheres, shells, cones, and lids. A range of metals can be spun, including aluminium, brass, copper, silver and steel.
- Silver spinning (also classified as a sub-craft of goldsmithing). According to the Goldsmiths’ Company there have been no known trainees in silver spinning in recent years.
Issues affecting the viability of the craft
Craftspeople currently known
- Dave Allison – silver spinner, based in Sheffield.