Tryon Arts & Crafts hosts beginning silversmithing workshop

Published 9:36 pm Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tryon Arts and Crafts School will host a Beginning Silversmithing weekend workshop with instructor Dan Haga on Saturday, Feb. 26 and Sunday, Feb. 27 at the craft school located on Harmon Field Road. This is an opportunity for students to begin their education and explore techniques in silversmithing with a renowned silversmith and artist.

Jewelry by Dan Haga

After being introduced to the medium, instructor Dan Haga from Charlotte, N.C., became so fascinated with silversmithing that he sold his insurance business in 1995 to take on the jewelry trade full time. Haga is well known and respected throughout the country and especially in the southeast for the quality of his craft and his ability to teach. His vast knowledge of the medium has led him to successfully instruct numerous workshops at a variety of schools that include the William Holland Lapidary School in Young Harris, Ga., and the Wild Acres Retreat in Spruce Pine, N.C.

During this workshop, students will learn the basic skills of silversmithing, tools involved and use of the torch while creating several pieces of jewelry. Other skills involved may include sawing, polishing, wire bending, making bezels and toggles, setting stones and using the flex shaft and paste solder. This workshop is open to students with no prior experience, but also serves as a good refresher course for more experienced students. Haga will provide new, more advanced projects for these continuing students.

Advance registration for all workshops is required. For more information about the instructor or workshop including tuition and supply costs, contact Tryon Arts & Crafts at 828-859-8323 or by email at tryonartsandcrafts@windstream.net. More details and examples of projects are available on the Tryon Arts and Crafts website, www.TryonArtsandCrafts.org. There are a limited number of spaces available for this class.

Tryon Arts and Crafts is a non-profit crafts school located at 373 Harmon Field Road in Tryon and exists to provide creative opportunities for everyone.