RhythmicMetal

High quality artisan accessories handmade in Portland.

Portland, Oregon · 3364 Sales

RhythmicMetal

High quality artisan accessories handmade in Portland.

Portland, Oregon 3364 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(600)

Announcement   Now accepting Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies! Please select "Other" for payment options and send a message so we can setup an invoice. Nearly everything available in my storefront is handmade to order and will take up to 3 weeks to ship. I sometimes take a while to respond to conversations because my free time is sparse. I recently got a full time job doing carpentry work for a contractor. This is now my second full time job. I keep really busy, Thanks for your patience and understanding. That being said... I still love making you something awesome. Let me know what I can create for you!
Customizations welcome.
- Trent

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 4, 2017

Now accepting Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies! Please select "Other" for payment options and send a message so we can setup an invoice. Nearly everything available in my storefront is handmade to order and will take up to 3 weeks to ship. I sometimes take a while to respond to conversations because my free time is sparse. I recently got a full time job doing carpentry work for a contractor. This is now my second full time job. I keep really busy, Thanks for your patience and understanding. That being said... I still love making you something awesome. Let me know what I can create for you!
Customizations welcome.
- Trent

Trent Stocking

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Trent Stocking

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5 out of 5 stars
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Christopher D'Antonio

Christopher D'Antonio on Jul 17, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I was an aspiring paleontologist when I was younger and this satisfied that old interest perfectly. The price caused me to keep it on my wish list for a while, but eventually the time came, and I also obtained both a brown and black belt to use it with. I've even taken to wearing belts just as an excuse to wear it. It is truly a lovely piece of craftsmanship, and I'm immensely grateful to have benefited from your skill.

Richard Potts

Richard Potts on Jul 12, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Trent worked hard with my basic idea to make sure my custom design came out to be something that I really wanted. The end result is just beautiful.

Richard Potts

Richard Potts on Jul 12, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Trent worked hard with my basic idea was to make sure the end result was perfect.

Walter Nelson Jr

Walter Nelson Jr on Jul 3, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Great work, repeat costumer. Very happy with item. Highly recommend!!!

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Rhythmic Metal Now Accepting Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies. Just select "Other" under payment options and send a message so that we can setup an invoice!

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New buckle release for all you computer nerds!! Circuit board etched design...

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Favorite bird... made to order...

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About

Falling into a Rhythm

I've been working metal since I was 15. That was in 2000. I started with really fine detail. My dad owns a dental lab (Cerama-Dent) in Michigan and gave me a job as a metal finisher. I polished gold crowns and drew anatomy into metal teeth. I have a knack for detail. I made them shine like the sun. I learned the value of the dexterity my two hands possessed. He taught me to work hard, keep my head down, focus on the fine detail and to be proud of my work, that if you can make something others can't with your own two hands, you are valuable to society. That creates independence and success. I worked for him for about 5 years and was then offered a job at the Alchemist Sculpture Foundry. There I did much of the same thing but on a much larger scale. Instead of teeth, I worked on ten foot statues of sports figures for baseball stadiums and hockey arenas. I even got to be a part of the creation of the Gordy Howe statue For the Red Wings that's now on display at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. This job was amazing. Not only did I learn to weld, I learned of the forgiveness found in metal. If you take too much, you can add more and go at it again, unlike carpentry where you HAVE to measure twice and cut once, or you'll need to start all over from the beginning. I fell in love with metal working, art, creativity. I worked there for a few years and then began exploring other fields. I was a bike mechanic, a barista, a doughnut maker. I did some commercial fishing in Alaska. All the while realizing more and more that I needed to get back to my roots. Metal. Cutting, grinding, sanding, welding, polishing and repeat... over and over again. Metal working is hard work but the product you get to hold in your hands when a piece is completed is monumental almost every time. So... I started Rhythmic Metal. There were definitely challenges in being a new business owner and getting things to really take off. Plenty of time put in. Money saved for tools and materials. It was a slow start, but people responded well to some of my early work. At this point in time I've probably made somewhere around 10,000 belt buckles and distributed them all around the world. Some are in boutiques. Some were direct sales. Custom orders, birthday gifts, wedding gifts, catalogue supply, many styles, and many colors. Some unique, some in large batches. I've got my system. I keep my head down. I work hard and get through each batch one step at a time. Streamlined. Handmade is handmade and true craftsmanship shines through every time. My dad taught me a pretty good work ethic. I'm not gonna waste it. I'll be making new and improved items and pieces of art probably until my hands are good and broken.

I love working on custom projects so if you have an idea you'd like to see come to life, please don't hesitate to contact me. I have a much larger skill set with metal working than shown by only my current items for sale. I'd love to hear what you've got in mind!

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  • Trent Stocking

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    My inspiration comes from a desire to create the life I want to live- making art and working for myself. I live to work hard, to work with my hands, and to be productive. I love taking the old and turning it into the new. Something that will last...

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