New Use, Old Tool

At a holiday show last year, I spied this interesting vintage piece at an antique vendor’s booth. I thought I might be able to repurpose it to use as a shaping tool…but I couldn’t figure out what it had been in its first life. Turns out it’s an old cobbler’s anvil! It took several months for me to reimagine it into a jewelry-making tool, but here it is: it’s perfect to use while adding surface texture to the new cuffs I’m debuting next month at the Lake Normal Festival of the Arts. I’m excited to find more uses for it too; the well-used tool can lend the perfect sort of distressed finishes I like when I hammer against it.