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53: Tedd McDonah

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53: Tedd McDonah

Tedd McDonah's into metal.

Heating, hammering, welding -- these are words in his daily vocabulary as an ASU metals instructor and local metal artisan. Tedd was hesitant to take his first metals class, which a friend recommended, because he knew it meant jewelry. But in it, he fashioned a piece of an earring that looked like a fishing lure and he was hooked (that was too easy).

The Wisconsin native grew up fishing the lakes during the summer, so his inspiration came naturally. You can check out McDonah's latest line of copper and pre-printed steel lures -- Recyclures -- on etsy.

Read more about his current projects and his dislike of cilantro after the jump ...

1. List five things on your Inspiration Wall (real or imagined).
- A taxidermy Jackalope.
- Lots of music.
- Books on the subject of Metalsmithing.
- Books on the subject of fishing.
- Sketch books and loose papers with sketches, doodles, and schematics.

2. What was your last big project?
Don't really have any I'd call big in physical terms. I spent seven days in Texas last fall working with students and faculty building a gas forge and diffusing billets of mokume gane (wood-grain metal or wood-eye metal).

3. What's your next big project?
Producing work for a solo show coinciding with the SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) Conference, and serving as a co-chair on the planning committee of the annual conference that will be held in the 'valley' in May 2012.

4. What's something you want Phoenix to know about you?

I don't like cilantro.

5. If you're game, what's something you really don't want Phoenix to know about
you?

I will keep it that way.



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