Monday, November 18, 2013

Ray Hyder - Artist

Owl after the Hunt- Soul authorship knife , 6-4 Titanium, ATS-34 ,316
Over the course of the past few years since I started this blog , I have come to understand more than ever before the life of an artist. Every day in search of the thrill found in creating the one masterpiece . Other artists know right away what I am talking about . The almost intangible product of the mind that keeps an artist going through the thick and the thin .For my self these years have been a most rewarded effort amidst all sorts of frustrations . Leaving me with many achievements in tooling and processes , as well as plethora of new skills under my belt.
Altogether setting the stage for artwork I was unable pull off until this point , Art pieces I have planned on creating for some time .
Star Blade - Sole authorship L6, 316 ,14KY
 I look forward to the day I can share them.
For now I'll share again the greatest I have made yet.


Ray Hyder
The Flower ring- 14K yellow , white , green , and rose gold. Blue Topaz , Green Tourmaline

Hummingbird pin-14K yellow,white,green,red and rose gold.

Key pendant- Sterling silver,blue topaz-Handmade.

Heron pendant- Hand engraved Sterling silver.

Friendly frogs- 3D Silver earrings. Hand carved.

Titanium Engraving- Hot blued and re-polished.
Flower earrings-14K yellow, green , white, and red gold.

Hummingbird pin side angle, and original sketch.
Owl after the hunt - Obverse side.
The Group.

        Hope you have enjoyed seeing my work !


Sunday, October 6, 2013

An oyster shucking knife for an englishman

Got a fun little project here that me and my good friend David B. completed together.
Roll back in time to last year where we find David in a London pub . Seating himself at the bar he met a barkeep shucking oysters.
 David noticed right away the skill the man possessed at this task , also the tool used for the job , unlike the blunt and dull oyster knives we use here on the Canadian west coast this one had an edge and a point !

Over the course of the evening a friendship was forged and upon further inquiry of this effective little tool the barkeep handed it over and said yours to keep.
 David , with a return trip planned to London later this year paid me a visit at my shop with the goal of making an improved version out of superior materials to gift back to his new friend!

 With a little help from me on a few tricky parts David turned out this nice little shucker !

 (Note the original knife in the upper part of the photo.)

 Ice Cream stainless blade , 316 Stainless bolsters , Tulip wood handle.


Saturday, May 25, 2013

King chain

Here is one of my classic designs , I call it the King Link.
Each link I formed and then pierced with my jewelers saw in sterling silver. Afterwards I soldered everything together , gave it a careful polish , and engraved some border lines.

 This chain being a heavier link ( 5/8" wide) I decided to make a slip-link clasp . By pulling the slip link over the other link the two lock together , but with pressure will release from the wearers neck for safety.

 King Link Chain - Sterling silver

Handmade and engraved by Ray o. Hyder 2009

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Shop evolution!

The next step in the evolution of my finishing system , the small wheel attachment for my knife grinder!

 Perhaps one of the more important pieces of tooling attachments for my grinder that dramatically reduces time required in completing a knife , there are only a few other ways to smooth and shape in the finger grooves and none of them as efficient .
  Another piece in the puzzle complete!

Ray o. Hyder 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Humming Bird bracelet

Oh the joys of color ! Here I have had the pleasure of working with titanium for this bracelet featuring a hummingbird and some of my signature five petal flowers which wrap around each side.
 When the engraving was complete the mono tone grey of the shiny titanium seemed like it needed something more to make it pop.
 So with careful licks of my torch flame I brought out the colors . Being careful not to heat it too much otherwise it turn back to grey.
 After this I carefully polished the borders and flowers. In doing this I was satisfied that it takes quite a bit to rub the color off , yours to enjoy for a long time!

Commercial Grade 2 Titanium Bracelet
Engraved and designed by Ray oak Hyder 2013 copyright all rights reserved.

 Photo by Ray Hyder

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tools of the trade. Acheivement unlocked! Flat belt grinder

New flat grinding attachment I recently fabricated. Such a useful tool my belt grinder and this part really brings out the potential for creativity . As well as speeding up my production , hopefully enough to help me catch up with the backlog of work on my bench!