Saturday, March 5, 2011

Selling at the Saipan Grand Hotel

This past week I've been trying to sell my handcrafted jewelry at the Saipan Grand Hotel.  Business was slow, but I still enjoyed being out there talking to people.

I've included a slideshow below of items currently for sale and displayed on my table.  If you're interested in purchasing any of these items, send me an email.  In your email, copy the link to the image of the item (or items), and I'll discuss price with you and shipping.

Thanks for stopping by!

si Martin Castro

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New pendants and a baby goat

So I have a few more pendants completed and oh, I also have a new baby goat.  Yep, that's me with my goat. 

Here are a few of my new pendants.  I've also added more pictures to the collections on the right Menu to the Horn and Aliling carvings.

This is a horn "sinahi" (crescent) pendant with spiral weave chord.  You can see the spotting of the horn material which gives it a unique look.

This is me again posing for some photos to go into some marketing material I'm trying to finish.

I'm working on a bunch of new hooks and heart pendants so when those get done I'll get some pictures posted.

For the best Chamorro shell jewelry and carvings made right here on Saipan, check out my designs.  If you would like me to make something for you, just email me.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Shells at Agingan

I took some of my shell carvings and shell collection to Agingan to take some photos.  These photos have been added to the different categories found in the Menu on the right, but here are some quickies to share right now.  To see more, click on All Carvings in the Menu.

Hook "haguet" aliling shell pendant.

Aliling shell name plate with carved named.

Another aliling shell pendant.

The shells I work with.

Saipan sunset at Agingan.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Shells... Bone, Horns and Stone

Welcome to Memoirs of a Shell Carver.

I'll be sharing some of my work here on this blog as I complete them.  I'll also share some of my thoughts about the island of Saipan (and the Marianas), the Chamorro culture, and carving as an art form.

I work mostly with shells that are found here in the Marianas, but I also carve other material like bone, horns, and stone.  Take a look at some of my work in the menu to the right or click on the picture under About Me to find out more about my background and how to contact me.

- si Martin Castro