About Strange Grain and Artist Will Barnes
Born and raised in New Mexico with strong Native American and Spanish bloodlines, my style embodies where I come from as well as my own artistic impression. I have traveled all over and lived in big cities for about 15 years. Now, I’m back in New Mexico building handmade southwestern style jewelry and metalworks, as well as functional art furniture and custom lighting.
What first started as a side endeavor building custom furniture, transformed into a fine jewelry making business. Being a metalworker for a long time, I wanted to help my wife learn how to make jewelry, even though I really didn’t really know how other than my previous welding and metalworking experience. Since she is currently pregnant with our second child, we decided to wait until she had the baby, because of the fumes, dangers, etc.. I found that I really like it and caught on very fast. I’ve only been making jewelry since December 2017. Within the several months that I’ve been making jewelry, the quality has grown remarkably and I feel I’ve found something that I’m truly gifted at. Once she has our child, I’ll be well geared to train her to forge her dream as well as forge our dreams as a family.
Although the name may not completely convey what it is that Strange Grain is, I hope that it eventually becomes a large name that carries various artistically themed products (my vision). I make everything from scratch. All my jewelry is cold formed with hand tools only. I’ve never apprenticed or watched anyone else make jewelry, so you may not see anything similar to what I make, considering I use very unconventional methods to execute some of the pieces that I design and make. I don’t use any modern equipment outside of cutting tools. I believe in doing things the way they used to. An element of construction that rarely exists anymore. I try to render this quality in all my work.
I’m a painter, sculptor, and graphic artist as well. I can work in almost any medium, digitally or physically. Although my current focus is on silversmithing, you may see various products in my store that are composed using various other mediums.
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