20 April 2011

What Is a Goldsmith Without a Flame?

There weren't so many posts here in March, as you may have noticed.
I was in hospital again...again. 
I wasn't going to write about it, because I want this to be about Goldsmithing, happy happy Goldsmithing.
But, really, having an operation on my lung has everything to do with my Goldsmithing.
And will change things very significantly.
Simply put, I had a kind of hole in my lung which was leaking and causing recurrent collapse.
So, finally, I had surgery to fix that up... hopefully. 
Fairly hurty! 
And not a great deal of Goldsmithing (well, none actually) has been done!
It is likely that the smoke, fumes and dusts that are typical to Goldsmithing haven't helped me, 
and so...

It seemed that I would have to give it away, and find another way to feed the family.

But now that the fog is lifting a little, perhaps it is that I can solve this problem-
by being more of a Goldsmith than ever.

I am going to make jewellery 
without smoke, fume or dust.
Quite a trick!

This is going to limit my repertoire of techniques.
~What is a Goldsmith with out a flame?~
Much of my present work requires soldering (perhaps my best-honed skill :-( ), and filing, and polishing- so for now, I will get help from other goldsmiths to complete these tasks. 

Looking ahead, 
I will make things with a hammer.
I will make things with a hammer.

How will I make things that are good with that limitation?
It is scary. It is exciting. 


  1. <3 i will wish for everything to go well and splendid for you + your family. <3

  2. I'm sorry to hear you have been so ill. I'm sure your new work will be just as beautiful - you are amazing talented and creative! Take care!

  3. So sorry to hear that you have been unwell and I hope you are finally on the road to a full recovery. Sounds like exciting times ahead for your jewellery making with this new focus - I can't wait to see!

  4. Really sorry to hear of your recent health ordeal David, it must have been so frightening for you and your family. Hope things are looking brighter. I think it is definitely still possible to make beautiful interesting work without all the health issues that come with our job. When I was pregnant with my two kids I avoided soldering or chemical use and although initially there seemed like so many limitations, I began to quite enjoy the challenge. There is always ways around it so we can continue to do what we love David and if anyone can find a way , I feel confident its you. Good luck mate.x

  5. That can't be easy for you David...I know what it feels like for your health to get in the way of you creating...but I hear riveting is the new soldering...its hot right now...Your beautiful work will just evolve from this little setback...keep creating, however you can..
    P.S. .If you ever need some soldering jobs done I ain't too bad...

  6. David, I rarely find myself commenting on blogs though I'd just like to wish you the best for both your recovery and the new direction in which you are working. I look forward to seeing the results.

  7. I wish you so much luck, but I have no doubt you will create beautiful things.
    So sorry to hear about your illness, and I hope you heal quickly!

  8. There CAN be fire without the smoke.
    Best wishes from Brunswick West -- we think you're going to be just fine! Take care!

  9. I am sure you will find a way to make amazing items even with limited parameters... maybe you can have some fun with cold connections too!
    I'm so sorry you've been ill, but wish you an excellent recovery :)
    Cheers from New York!

  10. Oh, this sounds tough. Hope the healing goes well.

  11. Thank you very much everyone for your kind words of encouragement.
    It means a lot to me

  12. So sorry to hear of your health struggles and their conflicts with your work. You are very talented and I believe you will rise to the challenge of figuring out an new way to work within the parameters for your health. Looking forward to seeing what new things will come to be. You can do it!

  13. Take care of your health, it's most important.
    There are many more ways to create.
    It may take you in a direction you would have never thought of.
    Best wishes,

  14. Hello, I love your blog. Best wishes to a speedy recovery, and I wanted to echo the sentiment that others have said about how limiting your parameters can have the opposite effect of making your creativity flourish! I wish you the best :)

  15. "Constraints are a challenge for designers (and artists), not a limitation." Nathan Shedroff.

    I hope your health does nothing but improve from this point on. The rest you can work with! I look forward to seeing the results of a healthy, hammering goldsmith.

  16. Just jumping in here David to wish you well and encourage you to continue in you new exciting capacity as a goldsmith of the 'hammering' variety... I bet your work will take you places you never dreamed of and I bet those places will be good.

  17. it sounds scary indeed, to give up the talent you know you have to try and find an alternative way. Maybe this new way will make your work even more original and different, just what i like about it. Good luck and feel better.

  18. David,
    mal E here (+ Bh as I waited to show her this post)
    . . . her reaction was "hey, a signpost - a fork in the road, follow it.
    I'll love seeing the results"
    . . . me, on the other hand
    I know someone who had a collapsed lung due to thin tissue.
    I would look to clean up all processes, be careful
    and get on with what you do best.
    Love from Brisvegas

  19. i know you will continue to make beautiful
    beautiful things.
    whatever method you use.

    your glue/wood/paint combinations are pretty special.
    sending wellness x

  20. Oh David! We hope you are keeping safe, happy and healthy.

    Much love,
    Craft Victoria

  21. i get the feeling you will continue to make beautiful objects no matter what tools you use.i hope with each day you are feeling better.

  22. Just discovered your blog, and I'm really sorry about the badnews. I really like your work, and I'm sure you will find your way to make more beautiful things! Don't give up!

  23. Hope your feeling better now, and i am sure you are going to make some beautiful (non soldered) work... Shout out if you need a hand :)

  24. Hi David, hope you recover really quick, and maybe you already did, since I read in another post that your lungs "looked beautiful".I'm very curious about your new work, I'm sure you'll find a new way.