This is a spatula I made between pans as a mind cleanser over a long period. Hearkens back to colonial patterns in the handle, yet also feels quite sword-like.
Ancient Irish bog oak, over 5000 years old.
175 year old American wrought iron from a bridge that kept a small mountain settlement (that now no longer exists) connected to the rest of the world. This iron was carried up that mountain as a lifeline for the people that lived there. Lots of good wrapped up in it from many many years of wooden cart wheels, leather shoes, and shod hooves, all bringing supplies and loved ones to those hardy people of the mountain. This iron tells many stories.
I have precious little of this irreplaceable historical material left.
Glossy steel wrapped around the bog oak 6 pin coffin handle with brass pins. The bog oak has been stabilized.
Precious real wrought iron guard using iron from a hand worked bridge from the late 1840s. Left rough and in the raw to show off the grain. (I sure don't have much of this left!)
Steel left rough as a patina to match the age of the iron and oak, and to honor the frontier smiths that we owe so much to. Stainless steel plate for modern convenience, but flame painted for some color.
Lots of fiddly bench work in this one. Lots of HISTORY in these materials.