"So glad I heard about this course and could join my friend for a relaxed day of varied but well paced instruction from Jonathon into the basics of silversmithing techniques - from wire work to soldering and polishing. Would thoroughly recommend. So pleased with my silver pendant I am wearing as a reminder. Well equipped barge, moored in tranquil setting, but sensible footwear required to access after rain."
"It's hard to imagine a more beautiful and inspiring setting for this workshop aboard the silver jewellery boat! I have never attempted to make jewellery before but by the end of the day I had learnt how to make a gorgeous pair of silver earrings ... in addition to making chains and celtic swirls. One to one tuition and plenty of encouragement made this a great day ... highly recommended."
"My children bought me the course for a special birthday present. My friend joined me on the course and we both had a great day. We came home very proud of our achievements. Thank you to Johnathan for your encouragement, instructions and help with our creations, also for the hot cross buns and drinks."
"I booked with Jonathan as a refresher course, having done some silversmithing some years ago and lost confidence through lack of practice. I couldn't have wished for a better day! He was patient, good humoured, and encouraging, helping me punch out silver shapes, texture and shape them and solder them into earrings. Altogether, the day was so relaxed and inspiring, I can't wait to get started in my own studio. I would highly recommend a day on the Silver Jewllery Boat to anyone interested in silverworking."
"What a lovely day on the jewellery boat. We made some copper rings as chains to practise then moved onto silver.
Jonathan was a great host and teacher. With buttery tea cakes and a cosy wood toning stove. The perfect day."
"A truly memorable day aboard the silver jewellery boat. Jonathan is an excellent teacher and is flexible with the learning. I needed to perfect my soldering skills and we did that and more. The boat is an extra bonus and in a beautiful setting. Would thoroughly recommend the craft course as a gift and a participant...and there is cake."
"We have all thoroughly enjoyed the day with Jonathan on his boat.
All of us have managed to walk away with a finished piece (or almost finished in Dave’ Case) and are very proud of our efforts.
Thank you, Jonathan, You have inspired us to continue to learn more about silversmithing."
"An excellent course. Chain making, shaping copper wire, soldering, filing, polishing. Building skills to create your own piece of jewellery to treasure. Jonathan is a passionate about the craft, a patient tutor and a hospitable host. A unique experience. A fabulous day, highly recommended!"
"What a lovely way to spend a rainy day, tucked away on a cosy barge sat by the log burner making jewellery. Jonathan has a wealth of knowledge about jewellery techniques and we spent an enjoyable time learning some of these before starting our chosen silver piece. I chose to make a bangle and I really enjoyed customising it to make it all the more special. This is such a unique experience and I highly recommend this course."
"We spent the day with Jonathan on the boat and loved every minute. We learnt so much and had lots of fun as well.
The setting was beautiful and the drinks and cake were delicious. We all made gorgeous bracelets which Jonathan made sure we were happy with. It was the perfect birthday present!
Ali, Yvonne, Karen and Beckie x"
"What a lovely way to spend a day and what a venue. Very clever place to have a cosy workshop. Started off with simple chain making skills and then some copper work. Lunch was spent in the sun on canal side before getting on with making our bangles. I'm wearing mine with great pride! Several mugs of tea and luscious cake thrown in for good measure. Thank you Jonathan, you are a great teacher with magnificent patience, luckily for us!! Would recommend this course time and time again and have done."
"We spent a very enjoyable day in July making a bangle. The boat is well set up and Jonathan is a teacher by profession which shows. Usually reasonably good with crafts, I proved to be very ham-fisted on this day but Jonathan was patient and encouraging. Ended up with a lovely bangle which has been much admired and which I still find myself looking at with some amazement. Would recommend this course for anyone wanting to try working with silver for the first time."
"What a wonderful day! Calm, relaxing environment and excellent tuition. We were made to feel at ease with as much practice as we wanted with copper wire and sheets before moving on to silver. We learnt how to cut, smooth and polish the silver and ended up with a pair of stud earrings, which everyone has admired. I would thoroughly recommend this course and will certainly be going back again. The homemade cake was delicious and a lovely touch."
"Thank you to Jonathan for helping myself and two friends celebrate a birthday! We spent a most enjoyable day learning to bend, mark, cut, file and polish copper and silver. Amongst the chatter, laughter and cake we managed to create unique, personal bangles, and memories to mark a special occasion. This was certainly a Jewel of a find and to be thoroughly recommended."
"I enjoyed a day on The Jewellery Boat making two different types of rings. I hadn't make any jewellery like this before but found the teaching to be excellent as Jonathan took us through the various techniques in a calm, pleasant, and easy to understand way. I came away not only with my two rings which I made under Jonathan's watchful eye but also with a practical knowledge of working with wire (copper and silver), shaping, filing, sawing, soldering, polishing - and lots more. Great cake and lots of refreshments made the day on the Narrowboat a lovely experience - thank you Jonathan!"
"I spent a lovely day last Saturday attending the ring making course where I made various different rings along with learning new techniques. In my opinion this course was worth every penny to spend the day in a very beautiful tranquil and relaxing setting and is suitable for people of any age and ability."
"Jonathan provided an excellent introduction into the basics of silversmithing - with the guide of an enthusiastic and encouraging teacher, I was able to make a beautiful silver ring. Thank you for a brilliant experience, one that is enough to inspire anyone (even my partner, who didn't attend, who has arrived home with just about everything we need to set up a silversmithing workbench!). Highly recommended course :)"
"Oh my word, this course and Jonathan are amazing. Not only did I make a couple of beautiful rings, I also learnt skills that I can carry on for future jewellery making projects. I would 100% reccomend the jewellery boat to absolutely anyone and I'll definitely be booking more courses!"
"Just spent a beautiful day making my lovely Bracelet. The location was lovely and strolling past the wildflowers to the boat was dreamy. The trickling water with the sun glinting off the wavelets was very beautiful and serene. John himself is a natural teacher, patient, good-humoured and charming. I would highly recommend this enjoyable and creative class. Did I mention there was cake too? Perfection!"
"Spent a lovly sunny day on the boat today using pmc to make a beautiful charm to add to an existing charm braclet I had commisioned from the website a few years ago, its a ' pea in the pod' unspired charm. Great day, I learnt lots of new skills and have a well finished product to go home with. Thanks again10/10"
"This is a terrific course. I went with my daughter and we learned how to work with copper wire (so that we could gain confidence with the tools) and then silver wire to make our first ring. This was followed by making a silver band ring. Jonathan is an excellent teacher and host; providing excellent tuition (and lovely cake too!). To make the day even more memorable, the setting is idyllic too."
"Wow what can I say but recommend this to everyone. I did the ring making course with my daughter as a birthday treat. It was perfect from start to finish. Learning to work with wire initially. Soldering, polishing, filing, measuring all wonderfully explained and demonstrated. Fabulous location, delicious cake and refreshments and ending up with a beautiful ring. A blissfully relaxing day .... Thank you Jonathan X"