I spent one day studying silversmithing with an Akha tribal smith. Mostly I learned how tricky it is; it would have taken me weeks or months to master the simple part: hammering things flat. I came away in awe of his abilities.
Since my polyclay spindles were wearing out, I asked him to make me a silver spindle. Here are some photos from the process.
You can read more about my adventures with the Akha in the Thailand section of my travel blog.