Wooden Salt Cellar

A couple of years ago I whittled a wooden spoon as a thank-you gift for our family friend Valerie, who was my daughter’s elementary school art teacher. Valerie appreciated it so much that my wife asked me to make another wooden gift for Valerie’s upcoming birthday. I thought about it... Read more »

Oil Lamp from the Cave Dwellers of Lascaux

In Africa, Europe, and China, field scientists have uncovered the fossilized remains of campfire-charred bones so old that they likely predate Homo sapiens. The archeological evidence suggests that our humanoid ancestors began taming fire perhaps as long as 1 million years ago. While these creatures most likely lacked the wherewithal... Read more »

Vegan Turkey Roast

Growing up I was quite accustomed to the yearly ritual of selecting the largest turkey we could find and babying it through the roasting process. However, once I married my vegan sweetheart, my Thanksgivings would never be the same. As usual, my creative mom came to the rescue and taught... Read more »

PMC Buttons

From the moment I first touched precious metal clay (PMC), I never looked at the world in the same way. Instead of seeing fruits and vegetables in the grocery store, I saw amazing textures that could find their way onto my artistic creations. Ancient textile designs became jewelry designs. The... Read more »

Gerard’s Maker Paella

There’s never a dull moment when Gerard Nebesky arrives on the scene. With his giant paella pans, buckets of ocean-fresh seafood, baskets of farm fresh vegetables, plus assorted knives, spatulas, platters and bowls, Gerard travels with all the ingredients required to create a major culinary event. Add heaping portions of... Read more »

PMC Pendants

Precious metal clay (PMC), developed in the 1990s by the Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, is actually powdered metal suspended in a clay-like binding medium. It is a very user-friendly material. You can mold it, stamp it, shape it, file it, carve it, glaze it, and texture it while it’s in its... Read more »