Dan is one of those rare people who always knew exactly what he wanted to do: become a master goldsmith. As a young boy, he had a penchant for skipping school so that he could flatten pennies on the railroad tracks of Wyoming. His attendance was better in high school, where he could take welding for credit -- and he became the state welding champion. When Dan finished high school, he hopped on a bus to Portland, where he knew he could find an apprenticeship with a jeweler, and he never looked back.
Now having worked with metals and gems for over 30 years, Dan is a master goldsmith, platinumsmith and gemsetter, and a perfectionist of the highest order. It is difficult to pull Dan away from his bench -- it's where he's happiest... and his idea of the perfect vacation? Digging for diamonds in Arkansas!
We welcome custom inquiries, but please know that we currently have a limited amount of time that can be devoted to more intricate custom work such as engagement rings. You can view a few of Dan's prior custom projects at www.flickr.com/photos/ravensrefuge/ (or on facebook under "ravens refuge"). He also does a fantastic job with organic casting.
More information and a compilation of our hammering styles, as well as a gallery of a small portion of Dan's prior work, is available at our website: www.ravensrefuge.com.
We purchase our precious metals from a local refinery that deals entirely in recycled metals. We purchase our gems only from suppliers that pledge to sell conflict free stones.
We alloy all of our gold in our shop and we handmill all of our own stock.
Our business philosophy is simple: provide an excellent product with personal attention at a reasonable price.
My name is Laura. I keep busy promoting Dan's art and being the mother of our two beautiful little girls. I answer our inquiries as soon as possible, take all of our photos, and help Dan out at the studio whenever I get the chance.
We hope that we will be able to provide you with jewelry that will be treasured for generations. Thank you for visiting our shop.