The story of Oexning Silversmiths, Inc. starts with a young, Norwegian
immigrant named Lars Oexning. Lars began his career as a
silversmith's apprentice in Norway before World War II. After the
war, when Lars was in his early twenties, he moved to the United
States where he worked for well known silversmiths such as Josten's
and the Tiffany Co. before moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota to start
his own shop.
Dan Walker joined the company in the mid 1980’s after answering an
ad for a silversmith's apprentice. Dan stayed on after learning the
trade from master silversmiths Dave Shutt and part-owner and Lars's nephew, Carl
Beth, originally from Charleston, SC, met Dan after moving to
Minneapolis to take a job in international sales. Although Beth had no
previous expertise in antique silver, she started coming to the shop on
the weekends and was fascinated by the incredible restoration work
being done by the skilled craftsmen.
Dan and Beth work with antique dealers, collectors, jewelry stores,
churches and retail customers and see many unique and beautiful
items with interesting histories.
The positive feedback that they receive from
delighted customers fuels their fire and makes all of their hard work worthwhile.
Dan and Beth Walker purchased the business in November of 1993
when the opportunity presented itself. In 1998, the couple decided to
move the business to a warmer climate and closer to Beth’s
hometown. They ended up in the tiny mountain community of
Bakersville, NC, about an hour northeast of Asheville. From this
location they continue to offer skilled repairs and refinishing on
copper, pewter, brass and antique sterling, as well as replating gold
Oexning Silversmiths has a well-earned reputation for skilled, old world craftsmanship, attention to detail and unsurpassed quality that
customers nationwide have come to expect and enjoy.
Dan continues to hone his craft by training with such people as Master Silversmith Brian Clarke in Ireland. As such, there are very few items that Dan is not capable of repairing or restoring.
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