Fishbone Metal Works

Fishbone Metal Works, Maine
  • Fishbone Metal Works, Maine
  • Fishbone Metal Works, Maine
  • Fishbone Metal Works, Maine
  • Fishbone Metal Works, Maine
  • Fishbone Metal Works, Maine
  • Fishbone Metal Works, Maine
  • Fishbone Metal Works, Maine
  • Fishbone Metal Works, Maine
Owner Nate Hicks is a Mainer whose upbringing fostered a love for the ocean, the mountains, the woodlands and all of the people he met on his adventures along the way.
 
He discovered art and sculpture in high school, which led him to pursue a degree in Art at the University of Vermont. While there he discovered goldsmithing and jewelry design under the guidance of Laurie Peters and Timothy Grannis. 
 
Upon graduating from UVM he high-tailed it back to Maine to help out at his family's business, but he couldn't put aside his passion for working with his hands for long. When the time was right, he left his desk job to pursue his love of metal working.
 
Fishbone Metal Works is a result of Nate's appreciation for his Maine surroundings and love for taking gritty, industrial mediums and turning them into things of adornment. 
 
Shown here are some of the custom pieces they have created over the years ... From engagement rings, wedding bands, pendants and belt buckles to cabinet handles, hooks, lighting fixtures and drawer pulls. "If you have something you’d like made, talk to us. Let’s make it happen."
 
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Nate Hicks, Fishbone Metal Works, Maine
Nate Hicks in his happy place.
 
What jewelry designer or metalsmith do you admire most?
I can’t say that I have one in particular as there are a lot of great artists out there doing great work. I admire anyone pushing the boundaries of traditional jewelry and metal working.
 
What was your favorite piece to make?
I experimented a little bit with carbon fiber back in college, recently I have started working with it again. Last week I flush set a bunch of diamonds in a carbon fiber ring/band, pretty excited about this. My favorite piece can change from day to day, but today it is this carbon fiber ring set with diamonds.
 
What one piece would you like to make that you haven’t?
About 7 years ago I hammered a King salmon out of roofing copper, it was about six feet long. More recently I have been wanted to do a salmon or trout out of aluminum plate.
 

Your favorite drink?
Beer ... Isn’t it everyones?

What would be your last meal?
I am avid bird hunter and fishermen so I guess it would have to be something that I harvested. Maybe a nice wood duck over mashed potatoes.