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William L Howard, Master Goldsmith has over 45 years experience in all forms of metalwork and related arts. He has personally produced a wide variety of custom artworks including jewelry, coins, sculpture, architectural iron work, chalices, and even full suits of armor for discerning art lovers. He has developed an extensive knowledge of period and ethnic design styles, and design and production methods enabling him to incorporate them with modern tools and technology to achieve truly unique custom designs in his finished work.

Such techniques include; smithing techniques for the creation of armour, bladesmithing and Damascus steel; manipulation and pattern development using Mokume-Gane (Japanese style mixed-metal lamination); Niello making and application (black inlay on engraved or etched metals), and Keum-boo (Korean gilding technique), just to name a few…

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  • Joined October 12, 2011

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Gold, Silver, Platinum, Gems, Opals, Pearls, Metal, Steel, Glass, Copper, Stainless, Titanium, Niobium

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About

William L Howard, Master Goldsmith has over 45 years experience in all forms of metalwork and related arts. He has personally produced a wide variety of custom artworks including jewelry, coins, sculpture, architectural iron work, chalices, and even full suits of armor for discerning art lovers. He has developed an extensive knowledge of period and ethnic design styles, and design and production methods enabling him to incorporate them with modern tools and technology to achieve truly unique custom designs in his finished work.

Such techniques include; smithing techniques for the creation of armour, bladesmithing and Damascus steel; manipulation and pattern development using Mokume-Gane (Japanese style mixed-metal lamination); Niello making and application (black inlay on engraved or etched metals), and Keum-boo (Korean gilding technique), just to name a few.

Bill and his team of master metal smiths, who total over 85 years of metal work, gemology and jewelry experience between them, are working constantly with gold, silver, platinum, titanium, niobium, iron and a range of other fine metals, using both traditional and modern metalsmithing techniques to explore new and creative applications for these materials.

As Founder and Headmaster of the Howard Academy, Bill also seeks to impart his bench expertise to those who wish to succeed in the metal arts field. Jewelers from all over the globe have trained at the Academy, where they received instruction in both the practical and theoretical skills required by top bench jewelers and metal artists. Custom jewelry, repair and restoration work is also done for the public and for trade through the auspices of the academy.

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