The promise of an unexplored trail.
Leave the car behind in the parking lot. Climb up through the dense forest of ancient Douglas Fir trees, switchbacking, scrambling, through the meadow of Alpine flowers to rest your body at your campsite. Your home for the night. Sleeping beneath the seemingly impossible peak of the Black Tusk.
100% Oxidized Sterling Silver
7/8” pendant pictured here on an oxidized cable chain.
This piece is one of a kind and cut by hand. I use a little saw to hand cut out each layer and element.
The design started in my sketchbook. A tent sheltered by an ancient Douglas Fir tree. Three discs were punched from a sheet of silver. From these I cut the tiny tent, Douglas Fir tree and mountain ridgeline with my little saw and solder the layers together using traditional goldsmith techniques. This is gives the piece a really fantastic depth and weight.
The hammered markings around the edge of the piece are a compass rose in Morse Code. N, S, E and W. A little reminder to guide you home, to guide your heart.
Each piece is finished with a black patina that I remove by hand, creating a shaded effect that adds a really interesting contrast and brings out the details.
All jump rings and chain components are soldered to ensure integrity of the piece.
True North | Wild and Free
Compassion for our wilderness is at the core of my designs, a feeling of understanding and wanting to protect what we love. It is an easier conversation to have, separating humans and environment. Urban vs wild. But I think the more interesting one is of human connection to our northern wilderness. Here in BC we are wedged between the mountains and the sea. We are not so far removed. There is no distinct line. Our history is entwined with this coastline and our livelihoods depend on our natural resources. We are part of the story. This collection celebrates that story.