Matthew Taylor has a passion for design, designing a variety of products at his Shelburne business -- Matthew Taylor Designs.
"I make from jewelry to knives to fishing rods to belt buckles -- I don't like to limit myself," Taylor said.
Ninety-percent of this metalsmith's items are custom. Half of them involve taking something old and making it new again. "This is grandma's vintage diamond," he said.
Grandma's old ring is being reborn into a shiny new necklace. Taylor is most passionate about those personalized, custom designs. One of his favorites -- a champagne cork from a couple's wedding that he crafted into the handle of a fishing rod as an anniversary gift years later. He often saves moments etched into old pieces and melds them into new creations. Taylor can works in as many details as a customer wants. Jewelery is to be worn, and not in a safety deposit box collecting dust, he said.
Same goes for his fishing rods and knives. He wants people to use them. Since much of his work is custom, so are the prices. They can range from $50 to $50-thousand. "Usually my customers are not customers, they're friends, and we go through this journey together and come out with this amazing choice which they cherish," Taylor said.
Taylor has been working with different metals for 20 years now. "It's an amazing medium and it lasts forever," he said.
Making and re-making family heirlooms that are built to last -- and that are Made in Vermont.
PO Box 4508