Itzpapalotl is an Aztec goddess who's name translates Obsidian Butterfly, and she is described as having a skeletal head and bat wings tipped with obsidian blades. The inspiration for this project was to make an Aztec style machete, and what better way than to make a blade for the god of Obsidian and second Lord of the Night.
Cigar Cutter Redux
The same owner of my previous cigar cutter approached me with a new project, to revise the first design and make it more portable. The arms on the box are clamps that hold the case to the table, the cutter itself clips into the top of the case. The lever on the front of the case drops the clippings into the case to be disposed of later, and the rest for the cigars is adjustable to fit all guages of cigars popular on the market right now.
The Vasa 24
Recently I was awarded a Fulbright Research grant to go to Sweden. I was in charge of the full process of recreating a functional replica of a 17th century cannon. This included pattern making, mold making, heavy fabrication, chasing, and finishing of the canno all according to strict historical accuracy.
For more information on the cannon and the entirety of the processes that went into its creation, please visit: http://www.vasamuseet.se/creating-the-cannon
Indian War Axe interpretation. Very non-traditional, but a whole lot of fun! Examples from the Indo-Persian tradition were counterbalanced with a carved elephant instead of a hammer or blade. The elephant motif has a practical as well as symbolic function. The figure counterbalances the blade as well as symbolises strength. There may also be an allusion to the elephant-headed Hindu deity Ganesh as 'Remover of obstacles.' While it has no elephant, I'm sure it'd remove an obstacle or two.
A selection of blades made for clients for outdoors use such as camping, hunting, or fishing.
Kitchen knives made to order. They are all made of hand forged pattern welded steel, and a selection of fine hardwoods.
This is a collaborative design between myself and fellow bladesmith Anders Hogstrom. He designed it, and I modified, forged, ground and polished it. It has been sent back to him for a handle and finishing touches!
Aptly named for its size and process count. 42" long, 8" blade. Hand forged pattern welded head, walnut and ash haft.
A wood carving from the ship Vasa. These lions decorated all of the gun ports of the ship. I had some free time and I thought I would have a try at it!
Ceremonial Scissors comissioned by Massachusetts College of Art and Design to use in building opening ceremonies.
A unique cigar cutter commissioned by a good friend. High carbon steel blades, brass and walnut fixtures.
A Viking Funeral
January of 2010 I was asked to make a very unique object for a very unique situation. I was asked to make a boat for a viking funeral to be held for David Wollenweber. So these photos are from the show (Held in MassArt’s Godine Family Gallery) that Matt Hickey, Corey Oberlander, and I had in honor of the situation, as we were all friends with the deceased. The show, The Suns that Sank Below, and work we created certainly consumed us. The show was held in May and the Funeral was on the summer solstice of 2010. Photos of the ceremony are courtesy of Paul Ladd Photography.
Spear of the All-Father. Raven themed carving. 10.5' long, 10" wide. Blades are 14" long. Pattern welded head and ash haft.
A faceshield I designed for myself, bronze and leather.