Limited First Edition of the Custom Korean Cleaver

Limited First Edition of the Custom Korean Cleaver

I originally found this cleaver on a trip to South Korea and a friend quickly dubbed it the “Chicken Killer”.  You’ll see it at work in almost every street side restaurant.   “Scary fast chicken deboning cleaver” would have been a more accurate if not meandering name.

The original form of this knife is far too crude for most kitchens.  With the help of knife-maker Isaiah Schroeder we’ve created a much more refined version.

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Brushed Austere

Brushed Austere

First in a series of solid Bronze Mortar and Pestles.  

Each one is unique and was cast using the lost wax method typically used bronze sculpture and jewelry.

The process is a mix of old and new technologies.  We use 3D design software (Solidworks) to turn a concept into a design.  Utilizing 3D Printing we create prototypes to further refine the design and work as a foundation for production.  Next we use a lost wax method to cast each of mortar and pestle in solid bronze.

Elemental version of the form and finish.  

The first in the series retains the most minimal aspects of the design.  No patina with a brushed and polished finish.

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Black Space

Black Space

The absence of color

A black object absorbs all  colors of the visible spectrum and reflects none of them to the eyes.  Second on the series, Black Space is intended to represent the ultimate blank canvas as well as the most complete.  

Patina with original cast form.  

Second in the series Black Space retains the most minimal aspects of the form.  Black patina with polished bronze.

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Fountain Paint

Fountain Paint

Inspired by Yellowstone' Fountain Paint Pot

The pooled and layered patina of the Fountain Paint Mortar and Pestle was inspired by Fountain Paint Pot, one of Yellowstone’s most striking attractions.  This popular area of the park includes hot pools, steaming fumaroles, bubbling mudpots and erupting geysers.

The colors run the gamut from pearly white to deep blues, even orange-red due to the presence and oxidation of minerals. Thermal features that are constantly changing due to hidden forces under ground.

Patina with original cast form.  

The exterior patina of our Fountain Paint Mortar and Pestle is applied by hand to the hot bronze.  The interior patina of the basin mimics a deep endless pool of blues and reds constantly moving with the light.

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Meteorite

Meteorite

Fusion crust

When a meteor survives its passage through the earth's atmosphere the part of it that strikes the surface is called a meteorite.  All meteorites fall through the atmosphere at such high velocity that some material burns off the exterior. Meteorites that reach the ground have a glassy outer coating called a fusion crust.

Patina with original cast form.  

Fourth  in the series, Meteorite explores an alternate patina on the original bronze form

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Planetary Surface

Planetary Surface

Lapidarian

Venus has a dense clouded swirling atmosphere and a surface covered in sediment and relatively angular rocks.  Scientists were unable to examine of the surface of the planet until 1970s and the development of radar imaging.

At least that’s the version you probably remember.  On October 20, 1975 Vanera 9 landed on the surface of Venus and sent back the first images of the planet’s surface.  A series of successful satellites launched by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s didn’t seem to make it into the headlines of the time.

Cold worked bronze

After the mortar and pestle is cast and the bronze has cooled, the surface is worked to create the rocky pattern.   The bronze is heated again and the patina is applied to the outer surface of the mortar.

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Hammer Work

Hammer Work

Nine to one ratio

The Bronze Age denotes the first period in which eponymous metal was used for tool making.  The mixture of nine parts of copper and one part of tin was stronger than copper alone.  Copper hammers and tools soon gave way to the new technology.

Archaic bronze

Physical changes are applied to the mortar(bowl) after casting.  Polished pestle and interior surfaces.  The exterior will hide its age over centuries.

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Greek Artichoke

Greek Artichoke

Inspired by Greek Bronzes and an ancient myth

According to Greek myth, the first artichoke was originally a beautiful young mortal woman named Cynara who lived on the Aegean island of Zinari.  One day the philandering Zeus spotted a gorgeous girl, Cynara, bathing on the shores.  Impressed by her strength that he instantly fell in love, seduced her and turned her into a goddess.

Cynara was lonesome on Mount Olympus and missed her family.   Soon she was sneaking home to visit.   When Zeus discovered her defiance, in a fit of jealous rage, he hurled her back to earth and transformed her into the plant we know as the artichoke.

Sculpted directly onto the wax

The exterior of our Greek artichoke Mortar and Pestle is sculpted directly onto the wax form.  The wax is cast in bronze and the patina is applied to the hot bronze.

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Radiating Tributaries

Radiating Tributaries

The Geological History of the Isthmus of Panama

“...This is like the Tuyra and Bayano, so far as it consists of numerous radiating tributaries collecting into a single arterial outlet to the sea…” R.T. HIll June 1898

Borrowing a name and a description buried in an obscure academic paper from the late 19th century.  A burst of forking channels and radiating textures bound by overlapping circles.  

Creating the pattern

Texture is applied directly to the wax form  in multiple layers.  A simple dark patina is added as a highlight then the bronze is polished smooth.

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Faceted Burl

Faceted Burl

When a tree starts to heal itself and forgets to stop healing.

A burl is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is usually found on the trunk, in the form of a rounded outgrowth.

Prized for the spectacular grain, texture and colors.  Burl holds hidden treasures of unusual design and can be found in in everything from furniture to the dashboard of a Rolls Royce.

Instead of an error

Faceted Burl explores the concept of what might happen if a burl could be programed into a defined shape. A directed mutation.

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Tridacna

Tridacna

Jade of the Sea

The Giant Clam (Tridacna gigas) is close to extinction   An unintended and arguably unforeseen victim of the international ban on elephant tusks.  

Wealthy Chinese consumers have discovered an alternative to carved ivory.  The shells of the giant clam, known as “Jade of the Sea” the shells command prices upward of $12,000 each.  Craftsmen carve the shells into bracelets, soap dishes, bookends, and other trinkets.

Holotype for an Alternative Zoological Record

The Tridacna Mortar and Pestle offers an alternative zoological record where a mythical undersea creature forms an ancient tool in lieu of a pearl.

The organic layers and natural textures are sculpted directly onto the wax form then cast.  A deep aqua/jade patina is applied to the outside of the mortar.  Highlights are polished bronze.  

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MASTRO KITCHEN WALNUT END GRAIN PREP CUTTING BOARD

MASTRO KITCHEN WALNUT END GRAIN PREP CUTTING BOARD

Cut with the grain, not against it.  The grain in wood is a little like a bundle of tiny drinking straws.  Run a knife across the side of that bundle and it will eventually cut through.  Run the knife across either end of the bundle and while some ends will get cut most of the time the knife will slip between straws.

It is the same concept with our end grain cutting board.   These boards are made in Northern Michigan using black walnut and maple inserts. They are more expensive to produce but will keep your knives sharper, last longer and look better over time. 

Thick enough to last but light enough to move around with an easy to grab handle on each end. 

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SOUTHERN OLD GROWTH RECLAIMED HEART PINE CENTERPIECE BOWL

SOUTHERN OLD GROWTH RECLAIMED HEART PINE CENTERPIECE BOWL

The wood from this bowl was reclaimed from a river bottom in North Carolina and was carbon dated to be at least 140 years old.  It has been aged then turned by artist Bob Stancil into a durable and functional piece.  The dense resin-rich wood that made the Longleaf so desirable is still apparent after all that time.  Walk within a few feet of this bowl and you catch subtle and clean pine aroma.

Turned by hand and finished using food safe butcher block oil.  Don’t soak it in water or leave it in intense sunlight and it will easily last another 140 years.

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EVERYDAY HAND CARVED LONG WOODEN SPATULA

EVERYDAY HAND CARVED LONG WOODEN SPATULA

A newer version of our long handled wood spatula with a longer handle for better grip and a point to hit the corners.  Paired with a wider blade (aka "the flat part") for those of you looking for a spatula to handle wider or larger items in the kitchen

 Hand crafted by multiple generations of the same family in Arkansas each is unique piece that will last long enough to help you create your own legend.

http://www.mastro.co/collections/wood/products/everyday-hand-carved-long-wooden-spatula

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CUSTOM KOREAN CLEAVER

CUSTOM KOREAN CLEAVER

Back in stock after a successful first run.  African Blackwood and brass handle with a polished top and brushed finish underneath.  The blade has been polished and rounded over for comfort then given a razor sharp edge.

http://www.mastro.co/products/custom-korean-cleaver

Design:  Mastro Company collaboration with Isaiah Schroeder Knifeworks

Material: San Mai laminated steel blade, African Blackwood and brass handle. 8 inch blade, 4.5 inch handle.

Source:  Gyeonggi Province,  South Korea/Wisconsin, USA

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Copper Mixologist Bar Tools

Copper Mixologist Bar Tools

Our handmade Copper Bar Spoon and Mint Leaf Cocktail Stir and a Copper Bar Spoon with Trident Fork  are the result of a collaboration between Mastro Company and artist Ben Caldwell.  

Each facet, each angle that captures the light is a single hit of the hammer controlled by decades of practice.

Weighted and balanced for the home mixologist tospin smoothly on its axis when building your next mixed drink.

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