It is a buzzing day in the Metal Workshop; everyone is busy working on different things.
You can hear the steady sound of the hammers, the sanding of the bells, the rhythm of the saw going up and down, little conversations here and there - overall one can feel and see the industrious work on different products.
“The main products in the metal workshop are bells, candle holders and the beautiful hand cut Christmas tree signs. We also make metal and enamelled jewellery – such as earrings, bracelets, bangles, broaches and necklaces, plain and chased candle holders and snuffers,” says David.
Most of the items made undertake a journey through different hands. This is something very special about our Workshop. Different people work on one product until it is finished; this makes it possible for everyone to be included in one stage or another and thereby contribute to something bigger. This also allows us to have a wider variety of work during the day.
But there is also the opportunity for individuals to follow up their own projects. David, for example, works on his own collection of chased candle snuffers.
“I follow the line drawn on the metal with a chasing tool which I hit with a hammer so that it leaves a mark on the metal. Afterwards I hammer the chased piece of metal into the right shape and steel wool it, so that the edges are smooth and even. Then it is done.
“People really seem to like them when we put them in the gift shop – that makes me happy and proud.”
In general one can say that it takes quite a bit of time to learn all the different processes that are needed to produce one item. This is why we are all learning day by day … No one is born as a master!
Every single one of our products is unique due to the fact that it is handmade. The best example to see the individual influence on a product are the bells. Every bell has its own individual sound as different careful hands made it.
Sometimes it can be quite noisy in the workshop, but there is still a lot of focus and rhythm while doing the work. Rhythm is to be found in a lot of the work we do: sawing, hammering, sanding, planishing, steel-wooling – every person has an individual rhythm, while every process itself has a different rhythm.
So next time you see one of our products in the gift shop or in somebody’s home, think of the journey it has gone through until reaches your own hands.