Don Haywood jewelry at Hands Gallery
Hands Craft Cooperative Gallery, located in historic downtown Boone, is celebrating its 33rd year and is featuring jeweler Don Haywood from Friday, Oct. 23, through Thursday Nov. 5.
Haywood has been a member at Hands for 11 years, but has been creating his jewelry for more years than he wants to remember.
Since being introduced to the trade from his brother at age 17, Haywood has been designing, creating and selling his sterling silver and gemstone jewelry. He has traveled to craft shows for many years and now sells at 17 galleries in North Carolina.
Haywood is a graduate of Appalachian State University, where he studied jewelry design and production methods but his real education has been in the thousands of pendants, earrings, rings, bracelets and other custom items he has created over the years. He is always trying new materials and techniques to change-up the look and to keep his jewelry fresh.
The jewelry designs created typically center around a large variety of gemstones, fossils, crystals, faceted gems and dicroic glass. The stones Haywood selects for his jewelry are high quality, have special character and nice color. He said the special stones and signature designs appeal to the buyer because they are all different just like the people who buy his work.
"I feel each piece I make has an owner," Haywood said. "It may take a while for them to find each other, but every piece I have made has been sold, even if it takes a couple of years before they meet."
Haywood's studio is unique place because like his jewelry, it is a one-of-a-kind. Haywood completely designed and built his studio, which is just a few steps from his house in the woods near Boone. He used recycled material from ReStore and incorporated the building in a site so no trees would be removed.
"I had one tree that was tricky, so I just built around it into the deck," he said. "That tree inspired the name of the studio to be Dancing Tree Studio. When the winter winds blow, all the trees dance."
"I love making jewelry and never have enough time to make all the ideas that I have in my head," Haywood continued. "I tell people all the time, 'So much jewelry to make and so little time to do it.'"
Haywood's method is called fabrication. He combines many sizes, types and recycled metals with stones to create a finished heirloom quality piece. He signs, dates and marks each piece to show it as an artist-created item.
Haywood has expanded into different metals, like aluminum, in which he creates his hand sawn Celtic knot designs and leaf patterns. With the economy wavering, Haywood said he's have worked hard to make very affordable jewelry and incorporating new metals really works well. His "Ear-Resistables" line of earrings are geared toward high quality at an affordable $8 to $20 price range.
Haywood's work will be displayed in the Hands Craft Gallery window between Oct. 23 and Nov. 5, though his jewelry is featured at the cooperative year-round.
Hands Craft Gallery is located at 543 W. King St., next to Macado's in downtown Boone. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. For more information, call (828) 297-7295.
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