Shipwreck Ebony and Recycled Musical Instrument Jewelry
Greetings! You are looking at jewelry that was made from black ebony that washed ashore from a shipwreck
that occurred in 1854 off the coast of Cuttyhunk, MA. The red colored wood in the earring to the right came from a retired
shipbuilder's scraps derived from a ship's "bolster" (used where a rope would drag across a surface).
The wires in these pieces are from recycled stripped piano string copper as well as brass and nickel (some recycled - working on it!).
There is mother of pearl, paua and awabi shell as well and the finish is made from cows milk. The reddish earrings in the lower right image
were made from a shipping pallet and the white ones are made entirely from recycled piano keys, cello/bass/guitar scraps from defunct
instruments or maker's scraps.
Although I have always been very pro-active in seeking to make my products from scavenged and re-cycled woods, recently I decided to
"up" my standards to make my livelihood even more in accordance with my beliefs of living lightly on this planet. Not so strangely,
it seems like this direction has found a lot of support in the form of ideas and materials flowing in my direction. Even though working with recycled materials is proving to be more costly time-wise, both, in working with the materials and obtaining them, I'm very grateful
for the support. Here are some of the materials that are being used in the creation of my work. Thanks for your interest!!
Click through to view photos and descriptions of my wooden
inlaid earrings, and broches.
Also included are photos of sample wooden inlaid boxes,
furniture and inlaid guitars.
My marquetry artwork includes the conscious use of rare woods,
Paua abalone and fine metals.
Inlaid Marquetry Boxes with Brazilian Bloodwood legs. Boxes of domestic
hardwoods (usually Cherry, Walnut, or Ash) with chamfered marquetry
borders. The finest veneer marquetry mountain scene with Paua Abalone,
gold & silver as well as Dragonflies and burl leaves. Tag lists
all woods, colors and countries of origin. Lids lift off revealing
a contrasting wood in the top and bottom of the box interior and tips
of legs revealed. These boxes contain within their design all of the
elements of a fine piece of marquetry furniture that would be out
most peoples price range. As handmade conservative collectibles, their
value will always increase. (Dragonflies retail for $180; Mountain
retail for $120)
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T. Breeze Verdant
Mill Hill #A333
Brattleboro, Vermont 05301
(802) 258-9820 - firstname.lastname@example.org