I am honored to be part of the few gold- and silversmiths in Stockholm, Sweden, to be working in the goldsmith's workshop at the museum of culture and history Skansen. We're there to tell visitors about the craft back in the day, and to show them some of the techniques they used, many of which are still in use today. The workshop is built based on renowned Swedish goldsmith Gustaf Möllenborg's workshop which was first established in the beginning of the 1820's. It was situated in Drottninggatan 14, a very central address in Stockholm.
The benches and tools that are showcased at Skansen's goldsmith's workshop are the originals from Gustaf Möllenborg's workshop. Some other tools from the same time acquired from other workshops have been added. Möllenborg's workshop and company was running for over 100 years, first by himself and later by one of his apprentices and then the apprentice's son. At the peak of his career, he had over 40 employees and his company was the biggest in Sweden within the field.
I'll be writing more about this amazing place later in the blog, but here are some pictures for now.
The silversmith's room at Gustaf Möllenborg's workshop in the 1840's.
The silversmith's room at the workshop in Skansen today.
Me at work at the bench in Skansen's workshop, dressed in 1840's attire.
Workbench and the view across the street, Skansen.
An old draw bench, Skansen. Goldsmiths still use the same type of draw benches today.
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