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This Artisan Is Carving Cool Wearable Wood Creations Using Maltese Cactus

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What’s your jewellery material of choice? Silver? Gold?

How about Maltese cactus?

Ian Giordmaina, the 32-year-old artisan behind Wearable Wood is carving out gorgeous, bespoke pieces made from ethically-sourced wood and Maltese cacti.

I’ve been obsessed with working with wood for years,” Giordmaina explained to Lovin Malta.

He began nearly a decade ago, making Aboriginal wind instruments called didgeridoos from slabs of wood. With the scraps, Giordmaina made rings for himself and his friends.

 

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“I catalogue all my creations with photos and filed them in online folders; one was called didgeridoos, the other wearable wood,” he explained.

In 2016, he took the plunge and opened an online store with that same name.

“It’s pretty self-explanatory,” he laughed.

Five years later, Giordmaina has sold hundreds of his custom necklaces, rings, earrings and pens at artisan markets around the island. He also sells them on his online store.

 

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It’s a unique craft, using ethically sourced Eucalyptus wood called Red Mallee, resin for that signature bright colour and local cacti to get those distinct designs in every oeuvre.

 

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Each piece takes a varied amount of time. A pen, for example, could take up to an hour of labour each.

But that’s no issue for Giordmaina because wood is his chosen tool of expression.

“Carving a piece of wood takes time and energy. Energy exerts a force that will shape whatever it pushes itself against. Really, when I carve a piece of wood, I am not the one that shapes it,” the artisan wrote on his online shop.

 

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Each day, he takes to his garden workshop in Mosta and sculpts the hours away.

“Wearable Wood Art is built on this concept. A thought that I like to keep in mind, from start to finish. What I do is simply a continuation of those forces, impelling a chunk of wood to change in form. The final shape? It was already there all along. I just took away the extra bits,” the artisan writes on his online shop.

Check out WearableWood here!

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Sam is an over-caffeinated artist fighting for a cooler and freer world, one article, song or impromptu protest at a time. Hit her up with thought-provoking ideas or dreams at [email protected] or @princess.wonderful on Instagram.

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