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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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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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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New Product: With the grain or against it? With it...

New Product: With the grain or against it?  With it...

SQUARE WALNUT END GRAIN BUTCHER BLOCK

If there is one single reason to use an end grain cutting board, this is it. When cutting on an end grain cutting board, the knife is effectively trying to cut the fibers in half; the sharp point of the blade will quickly become rounded and dull.  The wood fibers stand upright on an end grain board, the knife blade slips between the vertical wood fibers, protecting the blade edge and not severing the wood fibers. 

When you use an end grain board the knife will cut between the grains allowing it to “heal” vs against the grain scaring the board.  Think about the bristles on a brush.  Top down you go between the bristles.  From the side you cut each bristle.

On your end-grain cutting board, the vertical fibers will naturally return to their starting position, saving the cutting surface. 

Basic food safety always applies but if you have any concerns about wooden cutting boards and bacteria start with the science.  

Recommended reading: http://news.wisc.edu/releases/1107.html

and this one

http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/docliver/Research/cuttingboard.htm

Spoiler:  Seven species of wood were tested against two types of plastic.  Wood wins!

Elevate your kitchen style with this gorgeous handcrafted end grain walnut butcher block .  Our end grain walnut board blends dark chocolate hues with bursts of bronze coloring.  We utilize different shades of walnut to create a unique calico pattern, each block is hand crafted and unique.   Walnut is a very durable wood that is long lasting and suitable for all kitchen tasks.

 http://www.mastro.co/collections/wood/products/square-end-grain-walnut-end-grain-butcher-block

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Custom Engraved Carbon Black Sabatier

Custom Engraved Carbon Black Sabatier

We are happy to announce that we now offer custom engraving for our Carbon Black Sabatier Chef's Knife.  

We use a rotary engraving to ensure that the message stays crisp through normal usage for the life of the blade.  Perfect for a gift or employee recognition programs.

This is a new service under the Mastro Made-To-Order program.

To order a custom engraved carbon black sabatier please click the link below:

http://www.mastro.co/collections/made-to-order/products/engraved-carbon-black-sabatier

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