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Wanting to learn silversmithing.

Hi,
Im a Brit living in Tokyo and would love to take up this craft as a serious hobby.
Is it possible to teach myself and if so are there any good books out there that could help me on my way?

Many thanks

Elliot

Re: Wanting to learn silversmithing.

Elliot,

Learning the craft by books is a more difficult way than by taking classes. There are a great many books available that help you understand the process of silversmithing and even a few videos. I suggest checking out some of the University libraries and see what they offer in books. Japan is a great place to study metalsmithing. I would spend some time investigating what is available in Kyoto and the local universities.

Good luck,
Fred