Deborah and Jim Chapman had a background in woodworking and romance languages, and, as it turns out, a deep love (and talent) for the artful and ancient craft of pewter smithing. When their closest friends decided to shut down their small studio in Eugene, Oregon, Deborah and Jim purchased the equipment and tools and started their own business. Twenty-five years later, Crosby & Taylor is creating original, handcrafted pieces that are beautiful, quirky and usable.
Handcrafted Pewter WareToday we're featuring a number of our favorite Crosby & Taylor's pieces: an intricately detailed bird rack for holding keys, a coffee scoop with a refined geometric pattern and its own hook, and amazing Celtic-inspired measuring spoons and cups (you'll treasure these for generations). There's also a Santa key (left), which a heartwarming way to reassure kids that Santa will have no trouble visiting, even if there;s no chimney.
All of the items are made from pewter, which is a blend of tin and copper that's bound with an agent called antimony. A key difference between these items and traditional pewter collectibles is that Crosby & Taylor's pewter is meant to be used, not just displayed (contemporary pewter is lead-free and food safe).
Deborah reached out to us after she read about Daily Grommet in the New York Times and wrote a blog post explaining why her company would make a great Grommet. After getting to know Deborah and the work of Crosby & Taylor, we had to agree. Her family-friendly business is helping to preserve a centuries-old craft, while infusing it with a contemporary, original vibe. We love the whimsy, the practicality and the superb craftsmanship.
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