This begins with what we call a “slit” of solid silver bar, which is sized and cut off to length by a hand-operated guillotine. The slit is then annealed or heated approximately seven times during the Hand Forging process.
Once heated, the forger takes the narrow bar of Silver, known as a slit, and repeatedly heats and hammers it to achieve the basic shape of the item. About half the slit goes to make the bowl, It is left thicker at the edges where most wear will take place and sometimes with a raised tapering rib running down the back in order to form the decorative “Tail” on the back of some of the bowls.
The Hand Filing part of the process takes on many different forms, from filing the tops of the Bowls to one of the most skilful aspects of the craft which is the Hand Bending of each and every Fork and Spoon so that they fit together in perfect harmony.
The Buffers handle each piece many times and use several Buffing Wheels to create that perfect balance and feel when dining with Fletcher Flatware.
Each root of every prong is methodically tended too in order not to leave any unwanted marks or scratches which machine buffing cannot achieve.
You will appreciate the care and patience needed and applied in every stage of the process, both of which our Craftsmen have in abundance
Once again this is where the experience of our time served Craftsmen comes into its own,
Just a little too much pressure in the wrong place at the wrong time could end up destroying hours of hard work.
This is where all the hours of skill and experience begin to show fruition, as you can begin to see the Silver literally come “Alive”.
To believe that this Hand Crafted piece of Fine Flatware began life as a small piece of solid Silver bar is indeed one to admire, but through it’s journey with Fletcher Robinson Ltd it tells the true “Story of a Living Craft”