The Acorn Story
My acorns have taken a long road to realization. Many years ago, I was inspired by my good friend Jeff Glockson and his acorn bird houses
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I said to him, do you think I should make an acorn pendant? Jeff was very supportive of my task. He even helped me by casting real acorn waxes for me to use in my models. Of course they needed work. I decided to hand carve the tops and use natural bottoms. Being a working person, I found time when I could, to work on this project.
Finally I landed in a spot where I had more time for making jewelry, and the acorn collection moved ahead. They are very time consuming to make, and each one is a labor of love. Each casting has to be finished and the tops fit to bottoms. Then comes soldering, which is tricky and not always successful the first time. Then the assembled acorn has to be finished a second time and oxidized.
People love them, I have shipped them all over the world. A few of my customers are happy to share their acorn stories with you:
"In January, along with my daughter, I will be running in the Disney Marathon relay in Disney World. She will run the first 13.1 miles, I will do the 2nd. The medal for the event shows Chip passing an acorn to Dale. I had the idea that we should do the same. I will be presenting your acorn to my daughter at the start so she can pass it to me at the exchange point of the race and I will carry it to the finish.
I was so happy to find your shop on Etsy with an acorn that I'm sure will be treasured. I hope to repeat this race with her each year for as long as I can still walk passing the acorn every year!"
and from Tom:"I got my acorn today. Thank so much! It looks great. Just wanted to let you know that the acorn is a gift for my nine year-old daughter who confessed to me recently that she feels that she will never be able to grow up and amount to anything, let alone take care of herself. I told her (on the spot, and desperate to reassure her) that she was like a little acorn, and that although it doesn't seem possible, every 100 foot oak tree started as a little acorn. I thought that your acorn would remind her of her own potential and make her less anxious about the future. So, thanks".
I'm really thrilled when I can create something that some one else will cherish, It's the best reward of all!
Thank you for reading!