Robert Golden's Profile

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I've had a passion for art my whole life, all the way back to elementary school art classes. I always feel unfulfilled if I go for periods of time without creating.

I took many art classes in college but didn't end up majoring in art. Instead I majored in a subject that was very vogue at the time and it turns out, almost completely unemployable. However, my art training gave me the artistic foundation I needed to develop my craft with wood, stained glass and hand tooled leather.

I began doing projects with wood working first of the 3. I started out with minimal tools and no shop space and not much skill. Fortunately over time I was able to build on all 3 of those.

I took up leather craft next, during a time when I still didn't have any shop space and still didn't have much in the way of tools. Leather work is…

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  • Joined August 28, 2006

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wood, stained glass, leather

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About

I've had a passion for art my whole life, all the way back to elementary school art classes. I always feel unfulfilled if I go for periods of time without creating.

I took many art classes in college but didn't end up majoring in art. Instead I majored in a subject that was very vogue at the time and it turns out, almost completely unemployable. However, my art training gave me the artistic foundation I needed to develop my craft with wood, stained glass and hand tooled leather.

I began doing projects with wood working first of the 3. I started out with minimal tools and no shop space and not much skill. Fortunately over time I was able to build on all 3 of those.

I took up leather craft next, during a time when I still didn't have any shop space and still didn't have much in the way of tools. Leather work is great if all you have is a dining room table to work from.

Once I finally had a dedicated workshop I added stained glass into my skill set. Early on though I was still making my pieces separate, in other words I might make a stained glass piece, or a wood piece, but wasn't really combining them.

As my skill grew my desire grew to start integrating the different media together to create works that were truly unique pieces of art. I do still like to make pieces that are just one type of media, but I really love it when I can blend all 3 together.

I get asked from time to time where I learned to do my craft. The answer is that I am largely self-taught. That is, self-taught with help. I have built up a small library of books on each of the 3 media. I make frequent use of the internet to research how-to techniques (gotta love YouTube). I also ask fellow craftsman questions to learn more.

The wonderful thing about my work is that it is a constant learning process. Even with techniques that I have done many times over I can still find ways to refine what I do in order to make it better and improve my skill. The other wonderful thing about my work is that I am always creating and that leaves me fulfilled and happy.

-Craft on! - Robert

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