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Modestus Martinus Nobels, more easily known as "Des", came to Canada from the Netherlands many years ago and has made his life on the North Coast for the past thirty years. Des and Wendy have enjoyed living in Dodge Cove longer than most of us, raising a wonderful family in the process.

Whether out on the ocean as a commercial fisherman on his vessel the "Vonnie Dee", or in his studio crafting jewelry, he exercises the same painstaking precision and attention to detail and isn't happy with a job merely done satisfactorily. It has to glitter with perfection (forgive the pun).

Des Nobels
Des usually expresses his Celtic and Germanic roots in his works, using bronze, silver or gold in conjunction with both precious and semiprecious stones and he never uses machines or castings, resulting in works which are ONE-OF-A-KIND, as well as entirely HANDMADE. Instead of using machine methods, then, Des uses techniques such as piercing, chasing and repoussé, a method of delicate hammering from the reverse side of a piece.

While his primary and preferred medium is metal, Des has also worked with stone, a medium he would like to explore further as time goes on.


You can also purchase Des' works at:
Harris & Wick Goldsmiths Ltd.
#421 - 3rd Avenue West
Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
pH: (250) 627-7000 Fax: (250) 627-7952



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