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Moving Metal Part 3 of 3

David Huang is a quiet and gentle soul who discovered chasing and repousse. He lives in Michigan and works out of a small studio he built himself. He creates vessels of raised copper bowls, lined with silver with an interior of 24K gold leaf. I was honored to hold one of these precious objects with both hands and goosebumps tickled my arm. For me, metal has three qualities. It is visual, and when one is good at their profession, it is an eyeful of wonder. Metal is audible and has its own sounds when struck. Metal is tactile, and for me, one of David Huang’s pieces filled with bumps and curves and to hold with your eyes closed is simply luscious.

 

David states "I don’t think of my vessels as being an expression of my voice alone. Rather I see them as the product of a conversation among the tools, materials, and myself in search of beauty. As my real desire is to achieve a timeless beauty, one individuals from any point in history might connect to, it makes sense to be listening to the voices of simple but timeless tools. The humble hammer is my prime tool. I supply the power and it bends, stretches, compresses, and moves the metal according to the particular shape, weight, and hardness of it’s head. The forming stakes I work upon offer their strength to resist the hammer, and their curves to impart a controlled form. The voices of the hammer and stake are a harmony that work best together.”

David’s work:

Stoned

Stoned

I love stones. These beautiful plummy, gemmy stones fill three drawers in my studio. Shall I make a pendant? Or perhaps a cool ring? Perhaps, I will make that Inca Headress. Guess I need to keep collecting stones.

Mosiac Hallmarks in Knife Handles

Mosiac Hallmarks in Knife Handles

 Knife makers create a distinctive pattern in the handles of their knives. These patterns are called "mosaics" and are made up of square and round metal tubing and rods of different sizes and thicknesses. The combinations are endless and each pattern is the makers mark. Here is a little video on the process.