Barking Dog

Jewelry Design Studio

 
 

The art of traditional silver and gold work


As a specialist in hand forged and braided metal, I use a mixture of traditional silversmith, blacksmith, and goldsmith techniques and equipment to create historical wearable works of art.

I am a native of North Carolina, trained in historical archaeology, with a subspecialty in metals.  I am a trained jeweler and a self taught traditional silversmith. 


I do all the work by hand, one piece at a time, from initial design to final polishing - no mass production.  From time to time I teach this work to apprentices who also help me at art and craft shows while I demonstrate my techniques.


My knowledge base comes from period texts, paintings, etchings, and techniques which I’ve reverse engineered using methods learned in my training in archaeology and museum conservation and restoration.  I spend hours in museums examining period paintings, etchings, prints, and sculptures attempting to tease out jewelry design and construction.  Many of my patterns are based on archaeological research, published reports, texts, field notes, and interviews with curators at period archaeological sites.  Two of my chain designs are based on artifacts recovered from period (1715) ship wrecks off the coast of Florida.  The button designs are based on two period buttons (one pewter and one silver plated or gilded) excavated in Strasburg, Virginia.  (I also have fun creating some contemporary or art deco pieces, which you will discover in the following pages.)


As a result, my designs create some of the most accurate  reproductions and examples of historic colonial style jewelry, especially with respect to my hand made chains, hand forging, weaving, repousse’, chasing, and embossing.

 

Reproduction belcher chain with a 1734 silver rider ducatoon from the T’Vliegenthart shipwreck (1735) in a hand made 14K bezel.  The bench anvil shown dates to 1775.  The hammer is from the Holocaust.

    Last updated August 17, 2017