In his first year Paul has been challenged with learning a number of different skills, from making small pieces of individual silver jewellery to collections of silver jewellery designed in house.
This is additional to the silversmithing crafts. He started learning to make quaichs, a traditional Scottish welcoming cup. The quaichs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. He has also worked on individual commissions, a vase, a heart for the variety club of Scotland, a large ‘treble clef’ trophy and a few fantastic decanter stoppers with stags heads and some with pheasants as well as being involved in the cleaning inspecting and repairing of numerous exclusive trophies for The Royal Highland Show held annually at Ingliston, Edinburgh.
Paul has represented Hamilton & Inches at numerous events, including The St Andrews day celebrations sponsored by London Scottish Rugby club held at the Savoy, London, promotions at The Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh, The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh and featured in the Edinburgh Festival both demonstrating his skills at the bench and helping promote the Hamilton & Inches workshops. A highlight was meeting Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall at the Edinburgh Fashion Festival. He has also played an important role at various events for distinguished guests held within Hamilton & Inches Georgian Showroom.
Having now embarked on the second year of his apprenticeship Paul carries out one day a week chasing in copper. He will soon transfer his skills to silver pieces and increase the time devoted to this as the years roll by. Chasing is the art of moving the metal to create pictures and shapes using hardened steel punches of many shapes and sizes. The metal is supported by pitch (Bitumen mixed with oils and plaster to give the correct support).Paul is looking forward to facing new challenges that will develop his skills and in particular working on more special commissions and individual pieces. He will be training with the polisher to understand that aspect of the trade and enable him to consider this when manufacturing as well as improving his wood working skills to make trophy bases etc. With reference to quaich making above Paul is just about to embark on making a quaich with Qest symbolism on the lugs to be gifted to Qest.