Here's what customers have to say about Master Ark's
"A good source of interesting and moderately-priced jewelry and pins is Master Ark (Bill Guse). He works mostly in bronze and white bronze, with a silver item or two. I particularly recommend his... "Visigoth fibula" (a heavier and more ornate pin)... sized to be worn to pin the shoulders of your garments, as opposed to the heavier cloak pins most merchants sell. ... He features several totem/symbolic animals (wolves, ravens, boars, etc) in inexpensive pins/pendants, and other pieces. Master Ark is THE merchant I would recommend for finding pins and brooches appropriate to pre-Viking Irish re-enacting".
Echna's Celtic Inventory
"Over two decades in reenacting, and I have seen many MANY Thor's Hammers. My all time favorite is still Master Ark's hammer, which I wear to this day. The quality of his craftsmanship is beyond compare!"
Satisfied Etsy Customer
"What an elusive and magical being your Celtic wolf is. The piece is beautifully made and quite substantial. Be sure that I will be returning for more of your animal talismans."
"I think all Ark's pieces show the raw soul of each moving, breathing creature reacting, adapting and sometimes mastering the environment we can imagine them in if we are familiar. Something of the physicality, strength and musculature of the animals is also very apparent - just look at the mighty stag or the speeding greyhound!
I think these pieces emanate strong wishes that people would respect and cherish the other characters with whom they co-inhabit the world.
You can see the metal-detective work and lengths Ark has gone to in his understanding of what the original objects meant to civilisations gone by and how those people celebrated the life of the natural and supernatural worlds"
"This dragon is just beautiful and I cannot say highly enough how much the pictures do not do it justice. The dragon in "real life" is beyond stunning and I can't believe how much detail there is. I had been looking for a unique but small dragon pendant (one that wasn't gothic but more "personal" and sweet). I have had a lot of compliments, especially how he can "perch" on your finger which is super cute. The Artist also posted with a touch of care by including a small (hand signed) note on patina and how to care for the bronze which is just lovely as a lot of places do not do this. Cannot rate this dragon nor the artist highly enough - absolutely stunning. Thank you Master Arks."
"Another timeless piece of expertly and well designed piece of jewellery! This artist is great to work with, is very professional and very responsive to queries! I highly recommend this artist for his creativity, professionalism but most of all, his classic and timeless designs in jewellery. Compliments come easily when I wear this stunning pendant! Thank you Bill - as always, I will be back for more treasures!"
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