David Tisdale

I have always enjoyed jewelry growing up. Then in 1994,  my mom taught me basic metalsmith techniques. Since then, I just keep learning and making. I definitely enjoy making belt buckles the most. Born and raised in Texas, belt buckles were common, if not standard. A belt buckle could be a simple unseen functional element or it could be a standout statement.  It’s functional, decorative and mobile.
 
In my work, east meets west. I pull from my Texas background, interest in Native American art and jewelry, and Japanese prints and tattoos. Each piece represents focus, repetition, fine craftsmanship and a unique vision. Working with metal and creating things by hand is my way of “keeping it real” in the digital age – my ability to leave something behind.  

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