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

Birch-leaf Fireplace Doors

Hand-forged in their entirety,
from leaves to rivets.

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.

Fenris Ring & earrings

Pieces commissioned to match the Mjolnir MkIII. More than 6 carats of black diamonds in matching finger- and ear-rings.

Fire-tool Stand – Detail

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

Small Knives

Three small hunting knives, all 5160. From top, hafts are antler/cedar burl, Koa/Maple/Brass and Walnut with copper pins.

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.

Lacey Cross Monument

A large, contemporary Celtic Cross
for a family memorial.

Mjolnir Mk II

Second in my series of Sterling silver Thor's Hammer pendants. Fenris the wolf leers from the face.

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.

Mjolnir MkI

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

Gun-Barrel Tomahawk

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

Surt’s Horn

An elaborate drinking horn, leaning toward Jelling motifs.