about our classes:
This was the greatest class and instructor EVER!
I went into this class thinking it would be very tedious,
something fun to try, probably make something cool, but not
anything I would try again. My main objective was to learn about
soldering without having to invest money in tools/materials I
might never use again.
Dave is a great teacher. The class was nonstop education. It was
a lot of info on selling, techniques, tips, etc. Never did I
feel rushed or bogged down. Dave took a great amount of time
individually helping each of us. Answering even unrelated
questions. He showed us ways to make silver smiting fast (big
fan) and profitable.
I completed 2 projects, and felt confident enough to help a
couple other students a bit. I am in awe of my projects, and
although they are not my usual aesthetic, I love them, and will
now set up a space to do more pieces, combining the techniques I
learned with some enameling techniques.
I can't rave about Dave enough. He is so organized, calm,
patient and funny. He is safety conscious and critiques your
work by teaching you what you could do better. He makes you feel
confident in what you are doing.
If you get the chance, take his class. I can't wait for the
Class review by Miranda Ackerley:
This is the perfect class for anyone wanting to learn how to be
a successful silversmith, whether for yourself or your business.
I’ve taken a silversmithing class before, but was unable to
continue making silversmithing pieces because of how expensive
the supplies were. Therefore, I was most impressed by how
affordable the tools and supplies used in this silversmithing
class were. Unlike other silversmithing classes, Dave taught me
how to use supplies that are less expensive and don’t require
their own room to keep from burning my house down. After the
class, I was able to purchase the supplies and set up an area on
my kitchen table to work without spending a small fortune. I
think Dave can make any unsure beginner feel like an expert, and
I left with the confidence to make beautiful pendants on my own.
Class Review By Alexis Brown
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!.
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
This was so much more than a soldering class. I went home and
created jewelry for my wife and kids. They love it! Rick C.
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.