Shaker Woods Shakerwoods Festival Columbiana, Ohio
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McCarty: Scroll Saw, Aruba Leads to Under the Copper Awning

Aruban Copper got its start in the summer of 2016. However, if one you wants to get technical, it actually started in 1991 when Sarah Huth McCarty received a scroll saw from her dad as a Christmas present. An industrial arts teacher, her father knew the value of being a “maker” long before it was trendy.

That year Sarah wanted a Barbie Dream house, but her dad thought she’d get a lot more from making her own instead of receiving one. Was he ever right!

Somewhere in the measuring, sawing, and painting, Sarah caught the “maker” bug. She started making gifts for family members, and even began small enterprising ventures by crafting wooden animals to sell.

Sarah followed in her father’s footsteps by earning a degree in secondary education and a master’s in secondary leadership. It wasn’t until last summer—, after eight years of teaching and three years of marriage—that the opportunity to learn a new art form presented itself. While Sarah and her husband, JD McCarty, were planning their bi-annual trip to Aruba, she had an epiphany. Knowing she couldn’t lie on the beach for 18 hours each day, Sarah suggested taking classes from a local artisan.

Through her research, she came across Cosecha, a local artist co-op. Thanks to Cosecha, Sarah connected with Dutch-Aruban artist Hendrick Schouten, who graciously demonstrated some of his copper fold-form techniques. Sarah fell in love with the process and the way the copper jewelry resembled the coral and shells found on the beach in Aruba. The organic shapes are created by repeatedly hitting the metal with a hammer at various angles. Very few copper artists in the world use this particular hammering technique. Finding metalsmithing hammers proved to be a challenge; however, knowing how to use power tools to create wearable art wasn’t—thanks to the scroll saw she received in 1991. The bracelets are hammered an average of 750 times with a hammer on anvil. Each piece is folded several times and annealed or softened at least twice.

One of the last and most important steps—for the customer—is coating the piece with an Everbrite product that keeps the copper from tarnishing or turning the skin green.
Sarah will have copper fold-formed necklaces, bracelets, and earrings available for purchase at the Shaker Woods 2017 show. Live hammering and annealing demonstrations will take place in Booth 200 under...what else? A new copper awning!

She’ll also be debuting a necklace piece called a Mermaid Tail with a teal patina and pearl accents for those who love the beach or quite simply wish they were there. Sarah hopes you’ll find a unique Aruban Copper piece of wearable art that you can treasure for decades.

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