Patania Workshop


The Patania family is a famous silversmith family who worked in Tucson, Arizona. The quality of their work have earned them a place in the prestigious Smithsonian Institution.

We were fortunate enough to participate in Sam Patania’s workshop. Sam periodically accepts a maximum of 4 students to learn silversmith techniques developed over 3 generations of his family’s business.

Sam Patania examines Bisbee ring construction

Sam Patania examines Bisbee ring construction that Christy of Tucson Turquoise crafted.

Christy notes Sam Patania's techniques

Christy, of Tucson Turquoise,  takes notes of Sam Patania’s techniques

Sam Patania examines Bisbee Turquoise ring

Sam Patania examines Bisbee Turquoise ring

Sam Patania with micro torch

Sam Patania and Christy of Tucson Turquoise work with micro torch

Sam Patania supervises Dwight of Tucson Turquoise

Sam Patania supervises Dwight of Tucson Turquoise

Sam Patania supervises Christy Schannep

Sam Patania supervises Christy Schannep

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