Starting January

Saturday & Sunday 11 am - 4 pm



After May Long Weekend

Thursday & Friday 11 am - 4 pm

Saturday & Sunday 11 am - 5 pm




Or to make an appointment

at other times:


Paul or Gunilla Matteau  613.269.3437

Linda Hynes  613.283.4204

Paul Laberge  613.269.3463







110 Main Street East, P.O. Box 325

Merrickville, ON


(Beside the Courtyard Patio

of the Baldachin Inn/Restaurant)






Colin Hamer

A retired metallurgical engineer and scientist, is one of Canada's few pewtersmiths.  He learned the craft from a master pewtersmith in 1976, and since 1995, it has been his profession.


A pewtersmith is a craftsman who can form and shape sheet pewter by hand, using hammers. Spinning, that is, shaping pewter discs against forms on a lathe, is often part of process. By welding spun shapes together more complex shapes such as teapots, jugs, candleholders and vases are made. Pewter is cast is silicone or vulcanized rubber molds to make handles, stems and decorations.  Modern

pewter contains no lead and is safe for food and drink.


Colin's  functional designs range from the classical traditional

pieces to the modern, and at times way out, designs. He

incorporates etching, welding, exotic wood and stained glass

in some of his pieces. All his work is stamped with his

touchmark: initials CAH, crossed mallet and gad, and the

words PEWTER and CANADA.

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