Les Ateliers Bernard Chaudron

Chaudron’s pewterware is made from an alloy containing at least 92% tin, the North American standard, with added antimony and copper. This leadfree alloy is non toxic, leaves no taste deformations and will not tarnish.

Their products consist of traditional and contemporary wares incorporating the techniques of hammering, engraving, embossing and casting. The finish is hammered or polished with some pieces decorated with engraved textures or elements from nature. Pewter, being a sensitive metal, gently responds to the craftsman's work.

Each piece bears the Chaudron touchmark. Stamped with steel punches, this mark makes it easy to identify the origins of a pewterwork as each metalsmith has his specific touchmark.

Pewter is probably the first metal used by man as tin is easily extracted from the earth and has a low fusion temperature thus being relatively simple to exploit. Down through the centuries, pewter has held an important place, in the service of man, in the fabrication of ancient kitchen utensils, medical tools, religious objects and warriors' shields.

The quality of a piece of pewter is in direct relation to the quantity of tin in the alloy. Pewter, a flexible metal, must have added alloys to attain a workable metal. To the educated eye, it is the rich colour of the metal that determines its quality. Pewter ages handsomely maintaining a warm beauty. Old and modern pieces alike are much sought after by art collectors worldwide.

Master craftsman Bernard Chaudron and his son Antoine's studio is located on a small island in the Laurentian mountain village of Val-David. Here, employing traditional fabricating methods, is primarily produced a line of pewterware including plates and trays, glasses, vases, jugs, and oil lamps...
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