We made this guitar pick in titanium as a special request for a birthday gift with a Celtic knot on the front and the recipient’s initials on the back. It was attached to a waxed cord via a quick release catch so it could be worn or played as required. Continue reading
We made this bespoke pendant for Karen with a Celtic knotwork border design to match her ring that we had previously made for her. The pendant is 2” in diameter and is made in Sterling Silver.
Karen very kindly emailed the following testimonial;
“I have had the pleasure of working with Rab and Tanya on both my ring (both creating it and repairing it a year later after it was injured in a fall) and my pendant. They are an absolute joy to work with and the process is seamless. The result is unique pieces of art that I will treasure for the rest of my life and hand down to my children.”
Here’s something a little different ! I made this Thor’s Hammer as a Christmas present for an old friend born in Sweden. It’s made from an offcut from the Swedish Damascus (Damasteel) which we import for our Sgian Dubh blades. Continue reading
We designed and made this set of special pendants for Dr Shane who asked us to create something special for his wife, Mary. The name of the design is “Còig coin air chuthach am fàinne” in Gaelic which translates approximately to ’5 crazy hounds in a circle’ signifying the couple’s 5 dogs.
The set consists of one white and one yellow gold pendant each holding a central emerald along with one silver pendant holding a central ruby.
Dr Shane has kindly allowed us to quote his comments:
“The pieces are exquisite. Mary loves them, and her comment when I gave the first one to her was “I’m going to wear one of them all the time.” My staff are all impressed with the workmanship, and the detail.” Continue reading
This special set of 3 guitar picks were made for 3 friends, each one featuring a unique and significant symbol. Ryan who commissioned and helped design them explains the story behind them;
“With school ending and University just around the corner I wanted something that my friends and myself would have to take with us as a sentimental reminder of each other. Being amazing guitarists’ my friends have encouraged me to pick up a guitar as well and I love it. So needing a unique and practical gift I thought ‘custom guitar plectrums’. Rab and myself put together the custom designs and the out come was spectacular. On giving the gifts to my friends you could tell they were pleased before they spoke. Huge thanks to Rab for producing such a quality product and working so closely with myself to create such unique gifts. I would recommend to everyone!” Continue reading
Here’s a recent custom made guitar pick we made for Lianne who kindly allowed us to post this picture and her comments.
“Received the plectrum 10 mins ago, I am absolutely over the moon with it. It is totally amazing!! I can’t express how impressed I am!! I will recommend you to everyone and use you always for all jewellery needs. Have a wonderful Christmas and thank you!!
Best wishes, Lianne x” Continue reading
We’re just back from Sweden where we were visiting the Damasteel foundry in Söderfors. Having used Damasteel on special Sgian Dubh orders for many years I’d have to say that they make some of the best Damascus commercially available through their own highly specialised process. We discussed the history of the trade and use of Swedish steel in Scotland which goes way back, as do the many links between our two countries. I hope to mark this with a special commemorative piece, perhaps using a custom Damascus pattern, an example of which is shown in the photo below. Continue reading
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We had a great time at the Loch Ness Whisky Festival. The whisky tasting boat trip we went on raised funds for the RNLI and the raffle raised funds for the Glen Urquhart First Responders. We donated a Sgian Brew made from an Isle of Jura Whisky barrel for the raffle prize. Hope you enjoy the photos. Continue reading
We had a great time at last year’s festival, here’s some photos of the RNLI Whisky Cruise – even the ducks joined in. Continue reading
Just had a great weekend staying with friends on the Isle of Lewis, the photo above is of Cliff Beach on the West Side. Max found a lovely stone for the Sgian Dubh Pommels a little further on from here, I’ll post a photo when it’s cut and polished.
Very relaxing and good company, we also got a chance to see the Lewis Chess Men during their loan to Museum nan Eilean, in Stornoway which will probably influence an upcoming Viking styled Sgian Dubh commission. Continue reading
Just received these lovely pieces of New Brunswick Agate from James Thompson of the Caledonian Society of Restigouche, Canada. We’ll ask Nat at Scottish Gemstones to cut some to fit into our Sterling Silver Maple Leaf design Sgian Dubh Pommels. Continue reading
On my recent trip to Norway I picked up a stone from the base of the Supphellebreen Glacier which has made a beautiful pommel stone for an upcoming Sgian Dubh commission. (click the images for larger photos)
Just received this feedback from David MacKintosh for the ‘Dirk’ which he commissioned;
“Many thanks for this. I had an idea of what I wanted – but really welcomed and valued your suggestions. The finished article has a real “wow” factor about it and I am delighted with it”
Custom made Scottish Highland Dirk in carved African Blackwood with engraved Sterling Silver fittings and engraved stainless steel blade. Continue reading
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We’re just back (and slowly recovering) from a fantastic wedding on the Isle of Lewis.
Charles and Ginny’s ceremony took place at Carloway Broch.
I made them a special wedding cake dirk with their names engraved on the pommel.
Names engraved on the Pommel
After use and atop a Quaich at the end of the evening – hence the Quaich is empty of whisky ! Continue reading