Leslie Chapman is the owner/goldsmith at Fortymile Gold Workshop on the corner of 3rd Ave. and York Street in downtown Dawson City. You can visit her studio to watch her melt gold dust to hand fabricate unique and beautiful 20K gold jewellery. She calls the gold she uses from her family’s placer mine on the historic Fortymile River “green gold”. Her clients can feel confident that the gold jewellery originating in her studio has not caused harm to the environment and has not exploited labour. Her work incorporates natural gold nuggets and mammoth ivory from Yukon placer mines, Canadian diamonds from the NWT, as well as other gem stones.
Leslie’s studio is also a gallery featuring a collection of interesting original art by some of the most creative of Yukon’s artists and artisans. Fortymile Gold Workshop is an interesting stop for the discerning visitor and not to be missed.