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Me

My entire life thus far has been spent in Lorton Virginia, a town located some twenty miles south of the District of Columbia. In 2009, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from the University of Mary Washington, earning Highest Distinction for superior academic performance, as well as honors from the Classics, Philosophy and Religion department.

While I studied philosophy and religion academically, I also enjoy working with my hands. The projects I take on always offer enough opportunity for problem-solving to exercise the mind along with the muscle. I take great satisfaction in the diverse knowledge I acquire with each undertaking, and the self-sufficiency that knowledge allows.

When I was in the third grade, my father twisted together a few pieces of copper wire and hammered them flat. He cut the ends with electricians sidecutters, bent the strip into a 'C' and in a few minutes he had made me a bracelet - trash transformed into treasure, as if by magic. I made a few to give my friends at school, and even one for my teacher. Since that day, the idea of turning essentially worthless materials into something useful or beautiful has consumed me. And as you can see here, I still love to make copper bracelets.

That idea of creating something from nothing, that divine impulse, has been the drive behind all of my work, and often my reason for acquiring knowledge. A great confidence comes from knowing that you can supply your own needs. When I encounter a basic skill or technology about which I know nothing, I usually decide to gain some proficiency in that area, whether it be cutting glass, joining wood, or writing HTML.

Another element of my obsession lies in my hatred of waste. Many of the things I make are repurposed items that would have been discarded had I not saved them. Most of the copper I use is electrical wire with flaking and failed insulation. I use chipped lawnmower blades and dull files when a project calls for steel, and occasionally I will incorporate failed electronic components into jewelry. Salvaged wood, trashed road signs, leather from worn-out boots - I use whatever is at hand, often letting the available materials dictate the direction of a project.

While this website is exclusively intended to share my personal designs and creations, I also take great pleasure in restoring antiques; I have worked on everything from fine furniture to vintage radios. I enjoy the quiet care of desoldering and replacing dried-out capacitors, as well as the destructive abandon of grinding and welding. Studying construction methods and materials of the past has taught me a great deal about how to proceed with my own undertakings.

Please enjoy perusing this online gallery of my work, and feel free to email me with any questions or comments.

Created by Sean Corron, April 2, 2011. Updated March 3, 2013.