Sister Clasp Fob in Brass by Cat Bates
The Maker: Cat Bates spent his youth falling in love with the seaside terrain and nautical scenery of Maine. These views have always been an influence for him along with the hardworking ways of the people of Maine and it's islands.
The Work: Cat appreciates the Wabi Sabi of nautical items such as oarlocks "tarnished on the outside from exposure to Atlantic weather and water and yet often rubbed to a polish on the inside from the work of the oars." His work represents the weights of experience. They are strong pieces, heavy and durable in their materials. Easily imagined to be talisman, tokens of your experiences.
"Based on traditional marine hardware. Hand carved master. Lost wax cast in Rhode Island. This kind of mechanism is also referred to as a gangent hook, kissing clip, or brummel hook. When I was a kid my father first showed me how to make them using bolt cutters and chain links. The sides pass through each other when the slots are lined up precisely perpendicular to each other. It takes a little practice at first, and soon becomes natural. I use mine for my car keys like a valet breakaway. Because there are no moving parts to wear out it is also well suited for good ole’ fidgeting."