Colin Hamer is a metallurgical engineer, scientist and pewtersmith. He learned his craft from Doug Shenstone, who was one of Canada’s first master pewtersmiths. Colin has been pewtering since 1976. For many years, until his retirement in 1995 from Natural Resources Canada, pewtersmithing was his avocation. Since retirement it has been his profession.
“I am one of the few Canadian pewtersmiths. A pewtersmith is a craftsperson who can form and shape a sheet of pewter by hand using hammers and stakes. Spinning, shaping pewter discs against forms on a lathe is often part of the process. I then weld spun shapes together, and these simple shapes are combined to make more complex shapes such as tea pots, jugs, candle holders and oil lamps. I produce some parts like handles, stems and hinges by casting. This involves melting pewter and pouring it into silicone or vulcanized rubber molds.”
“My designs range from classical, traditional pieces, as well as modern – and at times- downright weird – designs. I also like to incorporate etching, welding, exotic woods and stained glass in some of my pieces. There are over one hundred pieces in my catalogue, many of which are shown on my website.”
Colin Hamer does custom work and repairs as well as having a large portfolio of pieces. You can see more of his pewter and find out where to buy his work, on his website. If you know other “Notable Artisans” for us to write about please let us know at admin@ArtisanOntario.ca