Moxon’s “Doctrine of Handy Works”

 Behold, the State of our Art, in 1683:

 

“How Pleasant and Healthey, this their Diversion is, their Minds and Bodies find; and how Harmless and Honest, all sober men may judge?”

Joseph Moxon, (who lived 1627-1691, and is no doubt familiar to you as Royal Hydrographer to King Charles, Fellow of the Royal Society and best-selling author of “Mathematicks Made Easie”) was among the first to illuminate the industry of his time in print. A man of the enlightenment, he followed Bacon’s reasoning that spreading previously arcane knowledge of the trades would improve not only the public’s understanding of them, but provide synergistic benefits to the trades themselves, and consequently all of society.

His “Mechanicks Exercises” remains fascinating today, and is one of our best windows into a vanished trade. Despite this, it remains frustratingly hard to find in print – so I present a link to it here, from the Library of the University of Michigan.

My Work

Diamond Anniversary Rings

Matching pair of diamond-anniversary rings. Rings are 18k yellow- and white-gold, respectively, with celtic-knot accents in the corresponding metal – yellow on white, white on yellow.

Gun-Barrel Tomahawk

Pipe tomahawk forged from a .45 muzzle-loader barrel. Pierced blade, pewter and brass accents.

Colonial Fire Tongs

From a set of 18th c fireplace tools.
Wrought with precision.

Mjolnir MkI

Sterling silver Thor's Hammer pendant.
A significant pair of ravens adorn the face.

Fire-tool Stand – Detail

Detail of a stand for fireplace tools,
showing complexity of finials.

Walnut Chest

Small dovetailed walnut chest, with forged
iron hardware from extant 18thc New
England examples.

Viking Axe

A mid-size axe based on examples from the early middle-ages. Mild steel with a 5”, 1060 bit. 48”
Ash haft. Weight 1.5#.

Epona Among the Scythians

Scythian horses adorn this ornate 1" pendant,
a tribute to Epona, Rhiannon and potnia theron.

Elk Ivory Pendant #2

18k White Gold pendant, set with a pair of elk-ivory buttons. Satin finish with mirror highlights. Shown with matching elk-ivory earrings.

Surt’s Horn

An elaborate drinking horn, leaning toward Jelling motifs.

Oak Leaf Fireplace Doors

Copper and steel fireplace doors, to match and complete a 1920s marble fireplace. Some very simple repousse, modern and traditional forms.

Bowie Knife

An even bigger knife – 15” overall. Differentially-quenched 5160 blade, hafted with antler, nickel-silver and maple then elaborately file-worked. Balance is exceptional.