Forged of the old magicks
The North Way Studio is the daydream of a fae-struck goldsmith hidden away in Washington. Woven of ephemeral lore, reclaimed and refined ethical golds, and consciously-sourced jewels, talismans that hearken back to another time unfurl in a tapestry of magics.
Every piece is carefully created through both modern and traditional techniques, beginning with day-dreams, sketches, and a hoard of natural gemstones. After being trained as an apprentice under two incredible master goldsmiths in Wisconsin, I enjoy using a wide-variety of skills to forge my pieces. Some creations begin with drawings in my sketchbook and are rendered in CAD with the help of the Casting House back in Chicago.
Others begin as tiny hand-carved leaves or plain gold stock. Wax carving is one of my favorite techniques to use in creating heirloom jewels. Whittling away at a big chunk of wax for hours, working with tiny picks and files until a sparrow or twig emerges is just incredible. I like to draw free-hand directly onto the wax, so each piece is organic and unique in its' own sense. These waxes are then cast in precious metals through lost-wax casting and bejeweled in natural stones with the mastery of the casting house, engraved, and polished, all with the help of Miss Maple Pecan, Lentil, our not-so little puppy, Chickpea, and our feathered jewel inspectors, Lady Pickle and Empress Eviebean.