December 15, 2008

From the a mudbank deep within a Greenland fjord hails this pin, a remembrance of early world travelers, a friend lost, a Viking outpost slowly dying out…..

dsc_8873This pin is made of bronze for the hull, and sterling for sail. The hull is shaped and carved of thick bronze, filed thinner at the keel and stems. One end is sculpted into the feared dragon’s head, and the stern is carved into the tail.

At one point the Vikings traded and warred all over Europe, deep into the Mediterranean, and all the way into North America, via Ireland, Iceland and Greenland.

This is a one of a kind pin, 1 5/8″ long, signed and dated. Made by Tom Curran, 12/15/2008

Jason and the Argonauts

December 9, 2008

I made this pin with ‘artifact’ in mind. Someone may have found such a piece in a discarded toga on the shore of Crete, thousands of years ago. This pin has a body of iron, inlaid with silver sail and 24 carat gold for the hull.


This precious metals are built up wire by wire into a pocket that has been roughed up to receive them. The ‘tooth’ of the roughing really does ‘bite’ into the wire as they are tapped into place. The wires are all pounded flat to really set them into the teeth, then filed flat and burnished smooth.

(click on picture for a larger view)


Here is a close up of the toothing process, where the chisel cuts cover the entire floor of the cavity. The pattern was chiseled three times, each pass at 60 degrees to the other.