Metal Works

MAGNIFICATION AND THE RIGHT TOOLS

Magnification is a huge part of what permits me to add minute details. I wear these special goggles to see everything up close. I have designed my own work bench “stump” from a 150 year old oak recently cut from my property. The bench is just the right height and makes a good surface to support the custom designed anvils.

I have to say I am a bit of a “tool-a-holic”.  I frequent auctions, shop online, and browse flea markets. My favorite place to collect is Liberty Tool in Liberty, Maine. There I find odd assortments of older tools, some times whole sets, that I can modify to suit my needs. Once I found a steel bar bell that I converted into an anvil by cutting off one end. It fit perfectly onto my stump and I used it for doming sheet metal.

Here you see a picture of me hammering tiny marks to accentuate a silver ornamental tube ( a process I learned to do in Michael Good’s metal smith workshop) that is designed to fit around a feather. I made a tiny silver snake as a detail on the top.

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Working under magnification

This is a piece I made to honor my nephew who died tragically in 2006. I found the feather on the anniversary of his death. Much of my work seems to be inspired by departed souls. I’m not sure why they chose me to speak for them, but it seems to be part of this “gift of service”, so I just go with it.

CREATING VIBRANT HEAT PATINAS

Making heat patinas is not an exact science. I think some of the best colors come from trial and error and are often just luck. I also think the water from my well does remarkable things to copper. I have yet to perfect the outcome, but I certainly enjoy playing with fire.

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Heating
quenching
Quenching
cooling
Cooling
polishing
Polishing

Odin, the Mighty

Odin, The Mighty
a protector in dark times

Calling on Odin…

I know that I hung on a windy tree

nine long nights, wounded with a spear,

dedicated to Odin, myself to myself,

on that tree of which no man knows from where its roots run.

No bread did they give me nor a drink from a horn,

downwards I peered;

I took up the runes, screaming I took them,

then I fell back from there.

From an Old Norse ‘Sayings of the High One’ Larrington (1999)

Monmouth Museum 38th Annual Art Exhibition

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This annual exhibit runs from January 14-March 12, 2017. The location is at the Monmouth Museum, a kid friendly establishment, that caters to a loyal and diverse audience of art enthusiasts. The show is on the first floor gallery, a large, well lit open space that compliments an expertly curated assortment of art from local and international artists.

It was a huge honor to attend the reception and have a chance to explain “Twins”, my first double figured jawbone mixed media sculpture. We’re so glad we made the drive to see this great show! We are now huge fans of the Monmouth and highly recommend the museum to anyone traveling near the Jersey Shore area.

Let the Trumpets Blare!

 

plummer-trumpeterLet the truth ring true for all ears to hear in this shimmering dawn of a brand new year. 

Maybe we can’t make it a perfect world with no pain and suffering, but we can renew our vow to listen to each other with love and compassion. For those who need to tell their story in order to heal, they don’t ask much. They just need to be heard. For those that struggle to be open minded, don’t let fear be a barrier. Embracing the truth does not mean something must always be done. A simple gesture of admiration for perseverance can go a long way toward bridging the gap between the whistle blower and denier. Imagine a world in which there is no devision, just people acknowledging one another’s suffering.

Let us come together on a higher plane of humanity: we all love our children, pets, clean water, and pure air; we all grieve losses and fear death. We are so much more alike than different.

Let the newness of the year give us all hope for better days to come.

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

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