The family owned and operated jewelry studio, Walker Metalsmiths is happy to announce that they will once again be participating in the annual Allegany Artisans Tour taking place the weekend of October 19 and 20, 2019. This unique tour has been taking place for more than 30 years in the Allegany Plateau region. This year’s tour features 32 artisans participating in more than 25 studio settings along the tour route including the Walker Metalsmith's Main Street Studio right in the middle of the Village of Andover, New York.
The first Allegany Artisans Tour featured just ten participating designers and artisans, but it quickly grew from there. In its first few years, many people were confused about the tour because they were accustomed to arts festivals rather than tours. With each year, however, guests from previous years returned and brought friends and family with them. This year’s tour features an incredible array of craftsmen and artists, including our own hand-crafted Celtic jewelry designers, using a variety of media to create one-of-a-kind designs and works of art that customers the world over have cherished for generations. This year, tour participants will have the opportunity to appreciate and purchase creations by local painters, jewelers, potters, sculptors, woodworkers, blacksmiths and fiber artists. The Allegany Artisans Tour is now an anticipated driving tour that many families make an annual event, booking accommodations and planning an entire weekend that communities plan events around it.
Every artisan on the Allegany Artisans Tour features unique, locally produced items that are inspired by the world around us and our devotion to a craft that has taken years to master. Whether you’re looking for the perfect piece of Celtic jewelry, a handwoven rug for your bedroom or a stunning ceramic sculpture for a special gift, you can find it on the Artisans Tour. You won’t find the items you see on the tour in mass market stores and you won’t find this level of expertise and detail in manufactured items. Every artisan on the tour takes great pride in their craft, ensuring their hands-on work and old world techniques will continue to be seen and appreciated by a new generation. Preserving a heritage of design, craftsmanship and artistry seldom seen in today’s fast-paced world is the goal of the Allegany Artisans Tour.
At Walker Metalsmiths, we look forward to the Allegany Artisans Tour every year. It is wonderful opportunity for our artisans and interns to show our customers what we do all year round. We love sharing our passion for the craft of metalsmithing with our customers and introducing new friends to the complexity and detail required to create truly beautiful, hand-crafted Celtic jewelry and accessories. We invite you to take part in the tour this year to immerse yourself in the complete process of creating our line of Celtic crosses and Claddagh jewelry from design to polishing and finishing.
The Allegany Artisans Tour winds through the Allegany Plateau, a regional jewel filled with lovely fall foliage and stunning vistas. Take a day or two to enjoy the Allegany Artisans Tour to enjoy nature and do some holiday shopping as well. At Walker Metalsmiths, we’ll be waiting for you to stop by and say hello and to introduce you to our artisans and our gorgeous collection of Celtic crosses and more.