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MONOLITH

185.00
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MONOLITH

185.00

COLLABORATION / PACKAGED SET - With Douglas W. Milliken

MDF box contains a booklet with short story by Douglas, & a cast iron necklace on dark brown waxed nylon cord with brass sister clasps.

Iron, Nylon, Brass, Words, Paper, Wood 

22" cord on Necklace 

Ready to ship

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COLLABORATION / PACKAGED SET - With Douglas W. Milliken

MDF box contains a booklet with short story by Douglas, & a cast iron necklace on dark brown waxed nylon cord with brass sister clasps.

Iron, Nylon, Brass, Words, Paper, Wood 

22" cord on Necklace 

Ready to ship

 
 

We couldn’t have a funeral, so instead, we had a brass band. Three men in blue suits playing songs we’d never heard before but that sounded a whole lot like my idea of New Orleans. A full ghost moon dogged the high-up sun [...] It made me feel like we were in a movie. But was this the beginning or the end?

Five interconnected vignettes surrounding a slow hospital death, the dissolution of familial bonds, and angel's claws scratching the walls, all manifest in a booklet, a box, and the startling gravitas of a cast iron medallion.

-Douglas W. Milliken


This is my second collaboration with Maine author Douglas W. Milliken.  I met Doug in the summer of 2013.  That fall I heard him read for the first time, and read his novel 'To Sleep as Animals' soon after.  Over the following years we became good friends, and in 2015 I approached him with a proposal; would he like to write a short story based on a memory from my childhood, to accompany a bracelet that I was designing?  The Oarlock Cuff set resulted.  On the car ride home from the launch party we talked about how great it would be to work together again.  A few weeks later a draft of MONOLITH arrived in my inbox.  

The necklace centerpiece is lost wax cast iron.  I carved the master in wax, moulding and wax work was done by my usual casting house in RI, and pouring of the iron was done by Green Foundry here in Maine.  I had the pleasure of assisting with the pour; out behind their barn, sitting on an overturned bucket, breaking old cast iron stoves into manageable chunks with a maul.  It was a lot of fun.  The cord is nylon which I dye and treat with beeswax, finished with signature brass sister clasps.  

Doug's friend Derek Kimball of Last House Productions did the book cover design and layout.  We had the book printed locally with a staple binding.  I designed the box digitally, and it was CNC cut locally by Rangeley Morton.  The lid is tension fit.  There is a removable insert inside, so the box can be used as to hold other items if desired.  The set has a substantial feel in the hand.