Andover, NY (PRWEB) August 30, 2013
When Matt Heavner ordered his Celtic wedding ring from Walker Metalsmiths, his sister Lindsay, who is an apprentice goldsmith for the company, asked if she could make her brother’s ring and record the process for him. The simple video she made on her phone and artfully edited on her laptop so impressed the boss that he asked her to make more so that these could be included on the website, WalkersCelticJewelry.com, and be uploaded to Youtube.
Celtic jewelry is a tradition of the Irish , Scots and other Celtic people. As cultural emblems and symbols of heritage, the story becomes as important as the beauty of the object. Walker Metalsmiths designs and crafts much of the jewelry it sells at its two stores in Andover, NY and Fairport, NY. The tradition of craftsmanship and personal connection between the makers and the heritage is an important part of the value for the customer or the recipient of a gift of Celtic jewelry.
Walker says, “With much of what is being sold as Celtic jewelry these days being mass produced in off-shore factories, whose only connection to Scottish or Irish culture is a work-order, our customers tend to be very happy to know that our craft is part of a personal love for the art and our heritage.” Walker’s Scottish and Irish roots led him to join a bagpipe band at an early age, where he began crafting bagpipe band accessories and ultimately fine jewelry.
Videos that show projects and processes are intended to inform and entertain rather than as how-to instruction in the craft. One video on the lost-wax casting process has been frequently accessed by aspiring craftsmen and is currently one of the most frequently accessed Youtube videos on the subject of jewelry casting and has already been viewed over 80,000 times.
More recent videos include the creation of a Celtic cross pendant, from design through model carving, molding, casting and finishing. A video on stone cutting begins with Walker and his son collecting pebbles on the Scottish Isle of Iona and proceeds through a cutting and polishing demonstration by apprentice Abram and concludes with the stone set in a silver Celtic brooch designed and entirely crafted by Walker Metalsmiths.
Walker Metalsmiths is a family run, hands-on, craftsman based workshop in Andover, NY with a second store on the Eire Canal in the Rochester suburb of Fairport, NY. Celtic rings and jewelry in the Scottish and Irish tradition of Celtic art are the specialty, made under the direction of master goldsmith Stephen Walker. For more information visit http://www.WalkersCelticJewelry.com or call 1-800-488-6348.