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wasp pointer December 27th, 2013

Nox Venus

Sol 6* Capricorn

Luna wn 18%v at 9* Scorpio


Wasp Pointer

Lector’s pointer of cedar, rose cane, mammoth ivory, Siberian jet, copper, iron, ebony, sterling silver

63.7 cm X 1.9cm   (25 in.  x .75 in.)


The main shaft is made of cedar, a remnant of the piano sacrificed during Moe Staiano’s Moe!kestra improvised orchestral performance of “Death of a Piano”. The handle grip is made from thick rose cane hollowed to take the shaft, which is wrapped in alternating layers of iron and copper wire. The wasp on the carved section of mammoth ivory is inlaid with Siberian jet.






















wasp pointer: in progress December 26th, 2013








broken stones pendant August 17th, 2013

Dies Venus

Sol 24* Leo

Luna wx 74%v at 24* Sagittarius


Broken Stones Pendant

Commissioned talisman pendant made with client’s recently removed gall stones.

Sterling silver, brass, resin, gall stones

3.8 cm X 2.5 cm   (1.5 in.  x 1 in.)




A diminutive golden arrow breaks through the mass of stones.



abyssus abyssum invocat July 18th, 2013

Dies Mercurius

Sol 26* Cancer

Luna wx in Sagittarius, 78%v


Abyssus Abyssum Invocat

ebony, bloodwood, pink ivory wood, narwhal horn, brass, sterling, gold

11.4cm diameter X 1cm   (4.5 in. dia. x .40 in.)






“Abyssus abyssum invocat in voce cataractum tuarum;

Omnes gurgites tui et fluctus tui super me transierunt.”

-Ps. 42:7


on the bench- a.a.i. July 18th, 2013

Work on the disk continues…

Next, the interlocking inlay pieces for the Khepera and Sun obverse are cut and filed (and filed, and filed) until they fit tightly together. The Sun disk is a slice of narwhal horn, and the wheel-corona is made of a thin slice of ebony.




These pieces are then test-fit onto the foundation disk. Their outlines are marked, and a cavity is routed to allow the inlays to seat down firmly into the (itself inlaid) recess.




Once adjusted and fit, The narwhal horn pieces are fixed in place, and the floor of the “grub cave” is covered with a mix of red woods similar to what constitutes the inlaid red circle at the perimeter. The wheel and scarab are installed next, and the process of final refinement and cleanup begins.


The installation and rough carving of the heart panel on the reverse has just been done in this image.


The same side after more refinement and polishing. The silver signature cartouche is visible at the bottom.


on the bench – grub April 29th, 2013

Making the scarab larva from part of the narwhal horn slice:










Burnishing the inlay of gold leaf in eye socket.






shots from the bench- currently in progress: a.a.i. April 2nd, 2013



Wall of hearts: a plethora of sketches for the reverse of the disk.  It’s taken a year + for the elements of this piece to become clear, and the selection of just the right image for the reverse concluded the initial design process. It’s not unusual for talismanic pieces for a particular individual to take months to formulate. Some come quickly, others take time, depending on the complexity of the forces to be housed and my ability to determine right relationship between the appropriate images and materials once they are discovered.


Version selected- this image will be transferred to the bloodwood panel, and the image will be carved into it once fixed to the ebony base.



The foundation is made: two pieces of ebony, with one layer of bloodwood between them are laminated together between steel pressing disks. When cut, a thin red line will show in the center of the outside perimeter face.


Parts and patterns for obverse and reverse of disk.




Khepera emerges from an ebony blank.


A recess is made in the center of the finished ebony/bloodwood foundation disk plate, and a single 2mm pearl is placed inside. The hole is then filled and sealed with ebony.

pearlinthehole_clsp The hidden pearl in the hole at the heart of the disk.


The hole in the center has been completely sealed and cured, and next the hand-cut and inlaid motto in bronze 220 is itself inlaid into the cavity carved in the disk.


Next, the bloodwood panel is inlaid and the entire piece is placed under the pressing disks for 24 hours.

Fetish Horse 4 February 16th, 2013

Dies Saturnus

Sol 28* Aquarius

Luna wn in Taurus, 40%v


Fetish Horse 4 (Melanippis)

ebony, brass

5.1cm X 4.0cm x 1.2 cm   (2.0 in. x 1.3 in. x 0.5 in.)


Striding black stallion with one golden shoe.





Fetish Horse 3 February 16th, 2013

Dies Saturnus

Sol 28* Aquarius

Luna wn in Taurus, 40%v


Fetish Horse 3 (Red Mare)

berchemia (pink ivory wood), sterling silver, gold leaf, glass, resin

4.15cm x  3.8cm x 1.2cm    (1.75 in. x 1.5 in. x 0.5 in.)





first venture into knifemaking February 8th, 2013

Nox Venus

Luna NEW in Aquarius

Cat Claw Knife

412 layer Damascus steel, pre-ban salvaged elephant ivory, brass, sterling silver

8.8cm x 3.2cm x 0.8cm (3.5 in x 1.25 in. x  0.32 in.)



Schreger pattern visible in ivory handle.

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