A griffin pin

October 31, 2008

This pin is based on a carving found on an original 18th Century Pennsylvania longrifle, by Christian Oerter. Known as the ‘Griffin gun’ for its spectacular carving, this is a true piece of American folk art. I have made a faithful rendering in sterling of this fabulous carving. This unique piece is engraved, sawn, polished and assembeld entirely by hand.

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Axes as jewelry

October 31, 2008

Tools are an integral part of what I do; they are extension of my hand, and yes, of my brain. Each and every tool of humankind was created for a specific use. Some tools are quite beautiful, and these are the ones that appeal to me. Some are weapons, while others are simply tools.

Axes are definitely weapons, though their roots go back to simple tools for working wood. I was at the Metropolitan Museum a couple of weeks ago, and saw their collection of Greek and Roman artifacts. In the cases with Greek pottery shards and jewelry I spied some miniature double bitted axes, similar to the one below, hence the inspiration. This axe has a sterling chain and clasp.

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This axe represents an American pipe tomahawk, from the 18th Century Colonial period, used for ceremonial purposes. Shown alongside a worn out English George III penny. Linen cord with sterling clasp.

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These I made from steel, with wooden handles. They will rust, getting more realistic with time and wear. The handles are Brazilwood, or pernambuco, a wood used for making violin bows and for making a red dye in the 18th Century. The handles are riveted through the axe heads to make a permanent fastening, without the use of any glues or adhesives.

Each axe is approximately 2 1/2″ tall, entirely handcrafted, a one of a kind object.

Ah, and the edges are not sharp, they are just polished to look that way.

Portuguese Merchant Ship

The inspiration for this pin came from 15th Century Spanish bowl depicting a Portuguese merchantman. I like how the details of the rigging and sails are correct, but the proportions of the hull are not. This is cut from sheet, engraved by hand, and a handmade pin and catch are soldered on the back. A one of a kind object.

Grotesque pin

October 31, 2008

A face from the dark past.

This pin is cut from sterling silver sheet, then engraved and polished. The grotesque is often to be found in Renaissance and Baroque architecture and engravings, picture frames, furniture, etc. Entirely handmade, even to the pin and catch on the back.