All of my pieces draw from the age old maritime art of marlinspike seamanship, which refers broadly to all rope/rigging related skills of the sailor. I specialize in the "fancy work" aspect of marlinspike seamanship, that is taking knots and techniques invented for practical rigging use and employing them decoratively. I became interested in marlinspike seamanship when I began crewing on the tallship Lady Washington in 2002. I had never even heard of marlinspike seamanship before then, but I love making things with my hands and the versatility of marlinspike work really fascinated me. I learned the basics from my shipmates, and the more advanced techniques I learned from studying various sea-faring books such as Ashley's and Lever's Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor.
I continue to study marlinspike seamanship first hand by crewing aboard the brig Lady Washington. When I am not at sea, I spend my time in the woods with my Welsh ponies, and playing music. I have been a professional Irish musician since I was fifteen; I play Uilleann pipes, Irish flute, and Penny whistle.
It is hard to say which item I enjoy making the most. Most of my pieces are one of a kind, so each piece is a new experience. I guess my favorite thing to make it something new. I really enjoy making items that allow me to incorporate actual rigging elements, like selveges and baggywrinkles.
I have a Facebook page for my business; my website is still under construction.
My advice to crafters is to keep crafting and always look for new ways to use your skills.
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