Lindsey Thurber will be graduated from an apprentice to a jeweler on June 9th, 2017!
"My favorite thing to create is an engagement ring. I love being a part of such a special event, and helping plan out and bring to reality this ring that has been dreamt about for so long. It is such a special feeling knowing how much this ring means to the couple, and that it will be worn and cherished forever!" -Lindsey
In January 2013, I started working at Walker Metalsmiths as a part time apprentice. Once I graduated from Alfred University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 2014, I became a full time jewelry apprentice.
Although I started out primarily as a jewelry apprentice, I quickly branched out into helping with other aspects of the company. I have helped re-make the current website, do all of the product photography, manage the social media accounts, and work on advertising- alongside with still making jewelry!
Over the five years that I have worked at Walker Metalsmiths, I have trained under master jeweler Stephen Walker and jeweler Lyndsay Burr. From them I have learned the complete process of lost wax casting, Gold & Sterling Silver finishing, stone setting techniques, soldering, laser welding, arc welding, hand fabrication, and so much more.
It’s actually an old Celtic custom to celebrate the new year with a slice of a freshly buttered roll. There are several different interpretations on the direct translation, but New Year’s Day is commonly referred to as either La na gCeapairi.“The Day of Buttered Bread,” or “the day of the bread with butter upon it.”
In many ways, the ways we celebrate Christmas in Andover, NY looks a lot different than how St. Patrick and his neighbors may have celebrated in the 4th century. However, there are still several Irish and American Christmas traditions rooted in Gaelic culture, like decorations, special customs, and cuisine that our family at Walker Metalsmith's celebrate during the season.