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Metalsmith BenchTalk with Pat Pruitt

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On the December 17th, 2009 broadcast my guest is exceptionally gifted Pat Pruitt, a self described 'mixed breed native, 1/4 Laguna Pueblo (registered member), 1/4 Chirachaua Apache, and 1/2 White Boy'. Currently residing on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation in the village of Paguate, NM. Pruitt's "occupational hazard" for 15 years running, has been owning, operating and managing Custom Steel Body Jewelry, http://www.customsteel.com/, making stainless steel body jewelry for the body piercing industry. This was his start in working with stainless steel, specifically type 316LVM, 316L and 316. For Pruitt, making jewelry started 20 years ago when he was fortunate enough to study under a local silversmith, Greg Lewis. Working in traditional materials (silver, copper) learning traditional repousse techniques (stamp and hammer), this gave him a firm foundation in jewelry fabrication, tool development, and general craftsmanship. Several years later, he met Charlie Bird, another esteemed jeweler from Paguate. He taught Pat a different view on silverwork and asthetics of jewelry design. During his college years at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX), Pat studied Mechanical Engineering and landed a position in a prototype machine shop building one off components for various mechanical devices. This apprentiship was a true eyeopener. Learning the skills of a machinist was a blessing. Pat thanks Geroge Sabolski for taking the time to teach him."My work is the creation of aesthetically pleasing objects of adornment for the discerning individual with non-traditional materials and fabrication technique utilizing evolving technology, equipment, and software. My designs reflect an influence of a modern traditional lifestyle, both on and off the reservation." For more information, see: http://www.patpruitt.com/man.shtml. Please join me today for an exploration of Pat's art and passions.

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