England or ancient Egypt, depending on whom you believe, is the process of forming a disc of metal at room tempurature by applying pressure on the surface of the rotating metal. As a trained silversmith and sometime potter, Jim Seavey taught himself spinning on a machine in the basement of Old Newbury Crafters, then in Newburyport MA, in 1971.
Since then, working on his own and in industry, Jim has documented and/or invented hundreds of spinning techniques. With the advent of computer controlled spinning, hand
spinning is now a dying skill and an all but lost art. In 1983 and 4, Seavey published a comprhensive guide of metal spinning for silversmiths in 'Metalsmith' magazine, here reproduced, from these three issues.
Metal spinning, developed in ninteenth century New