A Museum…A Memorial…Both


It took me many attempts to bring myself to this museum. Six months after 9/11,I stared at the hole in the ground, shuddering at what these people went through by jumping from a building with a fire behind them. I’ve been in a fire and I know why they leapt to their death. I’m glad I went. That is all.

Moving Metal Part 1 of 3

Chasing metal is defined as The techniques of repoussé and chasing use the plasticity of metal, forming shapes by degrees. There is no loss of metal in the process as it is stretched locally and the surface remains continuous. The process is relatively slow but a maximum of form is achieved, with one continuous surface of sheet metal of essentially the same thickness. Direct contact of the tools used is usually visible in the result, a condition not always apparent in other techniques, where all evidence of the working method is eliminated.

This photo is an elephant from Nepal in 1640. Thank You Rubin Museum! http://rubinmuseum.org/

Pretty cool place to visit if you are in NYC.

Moving Metal Part 2 of 3

Thailand is one of my favorite countries to visit. I suggest you travel there some time yourself, cause yes, the smiles are plenty and genuine, and eat anything from a cart or from a stick. Yum. The other reason I love Thailand are for its' drop dead beautiful temples with art that never stops. On a trip to Chiang Man (now my favorite city), imagine me, a metalsmith, seeing an entire temple made of metal. What Srisuphan or the “Silver Temple” is not actually silver, but aluminum which is raised from large panels by mostly monks, to high relief, of sometimes up to 5 inches high. Quite impressive if you have ever tried this yourself.

Local Artist working on a 6 ft long by 3 ft wide panel.