Asymmetrical Anyone?

I have always loved asymmetry, especially when it comes to jewelry, and especially when it comes to earrings. It can be as simple as flipping the design for one earring or as bold as creating a post or one earring and a dramatic drop for the other. Not everyone is...

Misha’s Nemesis

Misha was one of our smallest males, however he had an attitude and personality bigger than most. Misha flew home with me when he was 9 weeks old. He was one of those once in a lifetime dogs for me. He wouldn’t have made it in the show ring, or on one of our main...

How to find stores to sell your work

I get a lot of questions around how to sell your work. So today I thought I would tackle the “how do you find the right stores to sell your work?” It is easy, and not so easy. The process is easy. The work and follow through isn’t. So if you want to go this route...

How I Create Collections

Whenever I am asked how I create my collections I sort of scratch my head on how to answer. It isn’t a set process. But here is what generally happens and how the collection I am working on right now came to be. First let me say that collections are what I see most of...

Egil Canyon

This past spring, we cleared out the old dog yard and burned all the old dog houses and platforms. It was a relief to finish the task, but also a sad day as it marked the end of an era in our home. Even with all the equipment removed from the yard, some of our dogs...

Do I need a Flex-Shaft?

This is a question I hear quite often in my metal smithing classes. Well, actually it usually goes more like: I have a Dremel, do I need to get a Flex-Shaft? My answer is usually it depends. It depends on how much you will use it. It depends on the type of work you...

What do you do when your mind goes blank?

Yep, that is how I have been feeling. I am blaming it on the smoke. Sounds like a good excuse. Maybe it is the stress of this fire season. Maybe it is just one of the cyclic things that happens when you are trying to create. Maybe I am just flat out tired. Or maybe it...

Who Are You Calling Old?!?

15 years ago we made the decision to breed one of our girls. She was an amazing sleddog and we knew we wanted to carry on her line. We had a couple of dogs in our kennel we thought were a good match but chose a dog in another kennel. They tried. They really did. But...

Just Anneal It

If you have taken one of my metal smithing classes you have heard me talk about annealing and work hardening. And I usually try to beat it into your brain to remember to anneal your metal when it doesn’t want to easily move. Recently I was dealing with an old...