Every now and then I am faced with an unusual request.
A very good friend of mine
needed me to create a piece of jewelry
for a video project.
Wanting to demonstrate
“how it’s done”,
he showed up at my door
with camera in hand and said
We spoke shortly about the various steps and he suggested I get out my sketch pad
“What should I make?”
“Something unusual but perhaps something you want to make.
It’s about the process, not necessarily the design.”
I sat with camera rolling
and automatically sketched out a crescent moon,
then thought about a moment over the more milder season
where I got a chance to watch a moon rise
with a mug of mead in my hand.
I then sketched out the scene and quickly signed my name
“Now carve it”
“This needs to be in the editing room as soon as possible,
let’s get to it!”
I laughed and we set to the carving bench
and carved the piece.
Allyn caught a lot on camera,
shooting a few minutes
and then leaving me to my work.
When it came time to invest the flasks,
we were on a roll.
Investment takes more than an hour to harden and cure
– he stayed long enough to shoot the “loading of the oven”.
“I’ll be back in the morning” he told me – and so he was.
Anchoring the camera in the rafters,
he got the shot of the centrifuge from above:
metal molten and spilling like lava.
Laughing the entire time
we finished up weeks ahead of his deadline
and he was pleased with his grade!
I came across his footage years later
and decided to clean it up a bit.
A little lute music,
new titles and a logo,
a short tutorial for your pleasure.
To view it,
please visit my:
“How to order custom jewelry and sculpture” page.
It clarifies the lost wax process
and perhaps a peek at the rhythm of this art.
Toasting the Moon became more than a video project,
I find it a great source of joy as I remember it’s creation,
good friends and times.
A true amulet of good cheer!