This begins with what we call a "slit" of solid silver
bar, which is sized and cut off to length by a hand-operated guillotine. The slit is then annealed or heated approximately seven times during the Hand Forging process.
Once heated, the forger takes the narrow bar of Silver, known as a slit, and
repeatedly heats and hammers it to achieve the basic shape of the item. About
half the slit goes to make the bowl, It is left thicker at the edges where most
wear will take place and sometimes with a raised tapering rib running down the
back in order to form the decorative "Tail" on the back of some of the