david neel

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    Northwest Native Indian Bracelet

    A silver Hummingbird Bracelet, 1' x 6". I always work from sketches for my engraving designs. My approach focuses on the use of space, to keep the viewers eye moving along the design. The "cross hatching" in the negative areas is distinctive to Northwest coast Native design, although I...
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    Native Indian Salmon

    This pendant is silver with 23K gold, 1.25" x 1.25". Where I have inlaid gold this would abalone shell inlay, according to tradition. The old masters did amazing work with abalone shell inlay. It has taken me a while to figure out the best way to use inlay, and this piece is getting closer. I...
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    Native American Puffin in progress

    I like seeing the in progress posts by engravers so I am adding one of mine. The gold inlay and stipple texturing have not been used previously in Northwest coast Native engraving. I have been applying these techniques for about a year. The gold inlay face shown here is 7 MM wide. About 2 years...
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    Kwakiutl Loon, gold inlay

    This piece is sterling silver and 23K gold. Traditionally inlays like this were done with abalone shell, which is indigenous to my area. It has taken me a while to get the idea how to use the gold inlay technique effectively with this style of engraving. I see now that engraving on the inlaid...
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    Native Indian Raven Pendant

    This necklace is sterling silver, 23K gold and abalone shell. The pendant is 1.5" x 1" and the necklace is 20" long.

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