became a chainmaker because of a gift my grandfather made for my mother.
When Mom was a teenager she enrolled in a jewelry class at school.
My grandfather became interested in the chainmaking process and created
a beautiful matching necklace and bracelet for my mother. The necklace
was lost during a move but my mother never forgot it.
later, as a Mothers Day present, I decided to attempt to replace
the necklace Grandfather had made for her by making one myself.
In order to understand and learn the intricate pattern of the necklace,
I had to take apart (and put back together!) the matching bracelet
her father had made for her. By doing this I was able to teach myself
the chainmaking process.
is no question in my mind that this experience led me to become
a professional chainmaker. I believe I have been given several gifts
and one of them is the gift of patience to use metal as others might
use thread. I love creating handmade chains. I find it almost meditational
in nature. And, to this day, I continue to proudly wear the bracelet
my grandfather made for my mother. It is a continuous source of
both pleasure and joy.