Currently viable crafts


Metal spinning


The working of a circular piece of metal on a lathe into various shapes using hand tools.


Status Currently viable
Craft category  Metal
Historic area of significance
Area currently practised
Origin in the UK
Minimum no. of craftspeople required
Current no. of trainees
Current no. of skilled craftspeople
Current total no. of craftspeople



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.




Local forms



  • 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.


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