Harold & Donna Frizzell returned to their native roots on Cape Breton Island in 2000 after living and working in various locations across Canada and Europe for over 20 years. After a career in the busy and challenging world of Information Technology Donna now enjoys a quieter lifestyle of gardening, beekeeping and working with pewter. She has spent 6 years with previous owners Jim & Lorna Tompkins learning about the art of working with pewter; designing, casting, finishing and mold making. Piper Pewter began as a small family-owned company in 1991 and slowly grew to include a successful wholesale business with customers across Canada and the USA and then a retail shop at Indian Brook on the Cabot Trail. Donna and Harold purchased Piper Pewter Inc. in January, 2010 and continue to produce fine quality pewter jewellery and gifts that reflect strong Cape Breton and Celtic influences.
Pewter is a wonderful metal with a long history. Modern pewter contains about 92% tin and added to this are small amounts of antimony, copper or bismuth to give additional strength. Tin is in fact a precious and expensive metal that has been mined and used to make objects both decorative and utilitarian for over 3000 years. It's the 4th most precious metal in common usage after platinum, gold and silver.
Piper Pewter specializes in lead-free pewter products such as Celtic and Scottish jewellery and gift items. Our jewellery designs include Celtic crosses, Celtic knots, flowers, seashells, birds, moose, fox, Scottish terriers, bagpipes, fiddles etc. Browse through our clan crest collection and discover a family name with a Scottish connection. Additional gift items include candleholders, napkin rings, letter openers, bookmarks, key chains and statuettes. Some of our Celtic designs are traditional while others have been uniquely created. Local artist Angus MacLeod designs our heritage collection of Celtic Christmas ornaments.
Each piece is skilfully cast, buffed, painted, antiqued, tumbled and finished by hand in our on-site workshop. Visit our retail store and workshop in the beautiful St. Ann’s Bay area on the Cabot Trail and choose from a beautiful collection of hand-made jewellery and gifts or select a unique Celtic Christmas ornament as a Cape Breton memory.
Open May to October - 9am to 5pm; Open seven days a week.