Handmade local jewelry
Tom has been fascinated with cowboys and cowboy life since he was a boy. When he was 14 years old, Tom began to work with the common horseshoe nail, creating and assembling each piece, wrapped in steel, copper or brass wire. A decade later, he began to create horseshoe nail duplicates cast in 14K gold and sterling silver, wrapped in gold or silver wire.
Originally a native New Yorker, Tom recently took early retirement after a long, successful career as a tugboat captain in the Caribbean on the island of St. Croix. When he was not escorting ships into the harbor, he could usually be found creating beauty at his jewelers’ workbench. He was called back to service as a sea captain around the Hawaiian Islands, and chose to settle in beautiful Hilo, bringing decades of jewelry artistry with him.
Tom lived on St. Croix, one of the US Virgin Islands for 34 years prior to settling in Hawai’i. He enjoys the local Hawaiian culture, art, music, and food, surrounded by island bliss. He is an ocean lover who frequently dives or kayaks from local beaches. When not creating his beautiful jewelry, Tom plays a variety of musical instruments, and can often be found playing piano or melodica around the island.
Tom’s craft honors the heritage of the Hawaiian Cowboys, the Paniolos, which can be found on the northern slopes of most of the Hawaiian Islands, and in fact throughout all of the Hawaiian Islands.