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My name is Andrew Vandekop and I’m the silversmith behind Backyard Silversmiths®. I'm a first generation American (my dad is from Holland and my mom is from England), and I design and create rustic, hand-forged jewelry out of pure .999 Fine Silver in my backyard workshop. I learned the art of silversmithing from my grandfather who was a silversmith in England. I spent two summers there when I was a teenager, watching him use hammers and fire to create beautiful silver goblets, sculptures and jewelry which serves as inspiration for my designs today.
Some of my work is based on traditional pieces my grandfather would make such as large, heavy cuffs and rings. But my most recent handcrafted designs include one-of-a-kind pendants inspired by pirate treasure, as well as pendants with independently moving parts, showcasing unique motion.
Together with my wife Teisha, we launched Backyard Silversmiths in 2016 and offer our unique handmade jewelry online and at regional festivals and art fairs. We just opened the Backyard Silversmiths Workshop and Jewelry Shop on I-35 in Abbott, Texas and would love for you to stop by and visit! We have an observation area where you can watch all aspects of silversmithing!
Prior to launching Backyard Silversmiths, I worked for more than 25 years in corporate. I graduated with degrees in robotics engineering and finance and own 2 patents utilizing my robotics design expertise. But it's silversmithing that I enjoy the most and I'm proud to be sharing my designs with all of you!
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Experience handcrafted jewelry manufacturing right before your eyes at Backyard Silversmiths! Located just 70 miles south of Dallas on Interstate 35, visitors can watch Texas silversmith Andrew Vandekop create his unique jewelry designs using traditional and modern silversmithing techniques using his furnace, blowtorch, giant hammers and anvils! For those who appreciate hand-crafted, fine silver jewelry, a visit to Backyard Silversmiths is fun and educational!
Backyard Silversmiths is open Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm unless we're exhibiting at an art festival. Please check our website and social channels before your trip to see if we're on the road!
We're located at:
391 IH 35 S, Abbott, Texas 76621 (EXIT 356!)