7 Day Retreat on the Lake
From Conception to Sale - Our Mission is your success
I am thrilled to offer this week long class in my home studio. It is six intense days of fun, learning and doing. We will start with learning the fundamentals of silver soldering to create a fabulous contemporary or southwest styled Pendant, and a set of Stud Earrings on Saturday and Sunday. Monday we will create a Dual Split Band Ring, on Tuesday an Interchangeable Bracelet. By Tuesday evening you will know how to make the four most requested types of jewelry. Wednesday we will get you started selling in our "How to Make Money Selling Your Jewelry Creations Class". Thursday we will finish up by showing you how and setting up an online store at Shopify.com. The details of each of the classes are detailed at links below the pictures.
In addition to the learning and doing, you will take home our online & DVD set of our 22 hour Beginning Silversmithing and our Intermediate Rings and Bracelets Videos, and a new set of tools to continue applying what you learned in class. They're valued at about $1052.00.
We will be furnishing accommodations and meals, a continental breakfast, lunch, and a full evening meal from Friday night the day before the retreat starts until Friday morning the day after the retreat ends. The planes only fly into North Bend, Oregon airport code OTH (not Bend and not close to Portland) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in fall and winter and six days a week during summer via multiple airlines. We will pick you up from the North Bend Airport and deliver you back. If you want to stay longer we may be a able to arrange for you keep to the accommodations and/or get you to a rental car dealer or hotel. Some awesome activities that are popular in our area are deep sea fishing, Salmon and Steelhead fishing, dune buggy rental and dune excursions, antique shopping, golfing, hiking at over 100 parks and many other activities.
The accommodations are lake view and lake front homes on beautiful Saunders Lake & Ten Mile Lake, near North Bend on Oregon's Pacific Coast. They are only a mile from the beach as the crow flies and you will enjoy hearing the waves in the evening. The area has a Mediterranean climate that usually averages between low of 55 and high of 65 degrees.. You will be close to the Oregon Dune National Park and may hear an occasional dune buggy go by. To keep the cost down on accommodations you may be sharing a house, not a room, with other students. Six students is the maximum number of students in the silversmithing portions of this retreat.
We are also about 45 minutes from the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in case you have a family or friend that might want to join you but is not interested in attending the classes. The golf course there are spectacular. If you have any questions please give me a call. 317 755-0095
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The price of this retreat is only $2699.00
For more details or to sign up call please give me a call Dave at 916 548 7361
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People are saying
This was the greatest class and instructor EVER!
Class review by Miranda Ackerley:
Just a note to thank you again for the great Intro to Silversmithing class. I learned so much in the 2 short days... and you gave me such a renewed appreciation for Southwestern jewelry. I have a large collection of Native American jewelry that I have collected for many years... just looking at those pieces now, and realizing what is involved to create these pieces... well, I'm in awe!.
Dave Smith’s Beginning Silversmithing class was AWESOME! Two days of nonstop education. Dave is very organized, patient and entertaining. He took time to help each person individually while keeping the rest of the class working too. He is safety conscious and critiques your work by teaching you what you could do better while instilling confidence in what you are doing. I am quite impressed with my project pieces and can't wait for the advanced class. I have been making and selling beaded jewelry for about 4 years and while I love the creative aspect, I haven’t really found my ‘nitch’. Until now! Thanks Dave,
Hi Dave, I just wanted to thank you again for the Silversmithing class you taught at Beadoholique in Spring, Texas. I had a great time and FINALLY learned to solder without being scared of it. I am quite happy with my piece and enjoyed your way of teaching. I too teach jewelry classes and I'm a fine silver snob!! There's nothing like it although I am told gold is wonderful to work with but too rich for my 'not very deep' pockets! Thanks again and I hope to be in another one of your classes somewhere in time.
I have been wanting to attend a silversmithing class to learn about the techniques because I didn't want to learn on my own, and I am so glad I waited! I was blown away with the quality of instruction and how many techniques we were able to learn in just two days. Everything we needed was provided for the class, and I was so impressed with the preparation that is taken to get ready for students. Dave was great with giving 1 on 1 attention to each student (even in a large class), was extremely patient for those that were slower learners, and made difficult techniques seem simple with giving professional hints and tips. Plus he even pushed through and continued the course when he was sick. Dave gave us lots of options to get everything we needed to start on our own, including tools, materials, and instructional dvd's/'online content at very competitive prices as well. I was so impressed with my own work and enjoyed it so much that I decided to purchase a kit and the online instruction so I could review our techniques and learn new ones. The online content is fabulous; it gives you a view that would just be like your own on the bench, and even shows how to prevent or fix mistakes! Dave gave me the confidence to start making pieces the very next day on my own, and I'm very excited to have learned this skill. I couldn't have been happier with the class and the instructor. If you decide to take this course I guarantee you will not be disappointed!
Hi Dave, I was in your class at Argenta Bead Company this past September. After your class I took another beginner silversmith class because a pendant, ring and possibly a bracelet was to be taught and I wanted more practice and knew I'd probably get to learn different techniques with silversmithing. So far the class has only worked on a ring. I am very thankful I found your class because this class is more of a craft class. I got to experience an acetylene torch, saw, warm pickle and paste flux (I prefer your method for flux & pickle) but it has been very frustrating and illogical with some procedures. Many students have had to re-solder pieces because the instructor did not do a good job at showing how to manipulate the solder with heat. Because you made us watch twice how solder follows heat I was able to save my solder when it balled up on the inside of my ring connection. Very proud moment for me because I was in a state of panic. There is much more I can point out but it would be a book. If I hadn't found your class and took just this other one I would have given up on making jewelry, and I want this to be a business. So thank you for sharing your skills and experience. I hope to take another class from you some day.
This was so much more than a soldering class. I went home and created jewelry for my wife and kids. They love it!
OMG! I am so looking forward to the advanced silversmithing class. I am the only student at my school who is making their own sterling body art.
I tried learning in on-line silversmithing classes but there
just wasn't enough detail about how to solder a bezel or how to
handle the problems I was having. Dave covered all that in
class. My comfort level is enough now that I plan to start
selling as soon as I get enough pieces created.
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