There’s an inherent connection between maker and material. Not only must the maker be intentional with each strike, but be keen to the tool’s intention and original resource (a responsibility many of us have forgotten). Forging with Yvon Chouinard in Ventura was not only fun, but he struck his iron with a vigor only a real tool maker understands. And all he wanted to do was climb mountains with pitons that worked.
There’s an sense of integrity being lost given humanity’s need for mass production, advertising, overspending, robots and idle hands. I left the jewelry business because I was uncomfortable with the vanity and frivolousness behind what I was actually making. The overall production and end product was not only costly but the artistic value behind my intentions were lost in the madness of many buyers. My energy for creating, making and designing brought nothing to the table, a table which deserved the proper art of giving back. All the energy I put out was simply lost to the ethers. So I left that life for one behind the hammer. I didn’t know what was going to happen but I took a big leap into the unknown and now I am truly part of something worthwhile, exciting and invigorating. My energy isn’t lost these days, but keeps transforming into incredible friendships, long lasting tools, amazing mentorships, stronger arms and an even stronger heart. Maybe one day I will get to teach a young woman how to swing a hammer... and then she will teach the next young woman... and maybe a few junk yards and abandoned mining town will be a little tidier thanks to transforming old spring steel and wrought iron into new, usable tools and artistic adventures.
I’m honored Melinda and Jason from @patagonia reached out. I am beyond stoked my life has taken this wild and unexpected turn. // #workwear #program #knowwhereyourfoodcomesfrom #knowhowyourtoolsaremade #reclaimed #recycled #mentor #patagonia #newchapter #wherethewildthingsgo #wild #adventures #iron #forging #blacksmithing #tools #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #piton #mountainclimbing #noidlehands #hammers #bigheart #education #transformation #magic #yvonchouinard #anvil #strikewhiletheironishot #PINCHME