I am a sole-authorship bladesmith and knifemaker, living and working on the Isle of Skye. I make traditional Highland Dirks and Sgian Dubhs, along with many other types of knife, ancient and modern, from a variety of cultures. I use high carbon steels for my blades and natural materials for my handles. My designs range from the uniquely contemporary to historical reproductions, and most of my handles feature Celtic or Norse carving.
Bagpipes and Chanters from the Isle of Skye the home of Piping.
I like to use forms which take the eye on a journey, and create pieces that morph shapes into one another. I also like to combine precious materials such as silver, gold and gems with non precious materials such as wood and resin.
The prices are low not because of poor quality but because I don't put a massive profit margin on as I'm doing this not as a business but as a recreational and artistic outlet as I am unable to work due to disability.
As a consequence a creation might take me an hour but can also take me a month.
I'm still learning and my love is gemstones, wirework, clay work, enamelling, metalwork and of the jewellery I make my kilt pins and Angels I love making the most. When I first started in 2007 no one made kilt pins made into brooches now many do so I copyrighted my designs in January 2014
I use mixed media and I like to pride myself it's not just putting charms on as anyone can do that but I do my own drilling, soldering, enamelling, gluing, cold fusion as well as wirework and metalwork.
I can attempt any design you wish to have made or discuss with me a design I could make
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