Carved Coconut Shell Belt Buckle with Jesse Bert

Workshop  /  Making   Technics   ProfessionalPractice  /  03 Dec 2022  -  04 Dec 2022
Published: 01.08.2022
Carved Coconut Shell Belt Buckle with Jesse Bert.
The 92nd Street Y Jewelry Center
Jonathan Wahl
DEADLINE: 02/12/2022
Work by Jesse Bert.
Work by Jesse Bert

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In this workshop, each student will complete a stunning belt buckle using a clean and elegant mechanism system while exploring the addition of a new material, coconut! Join and enjoy learning great possibilities for creating unique surface textures and 3-D low relief using this great organic material.

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Jesse Bert
Embellish the front side of your buckle with durable sections of hand-carved coconut. Coconut is a wonderful material because it acts much like hardwood, only it's even easier to carve with jewelers' tools because of a unique type of woven grain structure. Wire rivets will also be a “fixture” so to speak in this class! Both the buckle mechanisms and hand-carved coconut sections will be attached to our back plate by rivets. This class is a great way to learn tips and tricks for working with coconut while making something fun and wearable.

Workshop dates: December 3rd and 4th, 2022
Saturday and Sunday ~ 10:00-16:00 both days
  • Skill Level: Intermediate: Previous knowledge of sawing, filing, and soldering required.
  • Languages: Workshop taught in English (teacher is also fluent in Spanish).
  • Course Price: $500 USD / Materials and Lab Fee are included.
  • Location: The 92nd Street Y Jewelry Center

About the Teacher
Jesse Bert holds a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from RIT, and an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from ECU. 3 years spent as a tool and die maker's apprentice before university gave him a strong interest and appreciation for creating fine handmade tools. After graduate school, Jesse moved to central Mexico. There he spent the first 14 years of his professional career in San Miguel de Allende teaching metalsmithing and jewelry techniques to students of all skill levels at his own studio, as well as making annual trips to teach in cities around the world. Now relocated back to Seattle, Washington, he maintains ties with the Metalsmithing community in Latin America as a guest professor at the Technological Institute of Monterrey in the city of Guadalajara. Some prestigious venues where his work has been shown include the Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City, and the Museum of Art and Design in NYC. In 2014 he was a fellow at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts residency program, and in 2019 he participated in a 2-month residency working with a world-renowned German instrument builder near Frankfurt.
Work in progress by Jesse Bert.
Work in progress by Jesse Bert

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