Thursday, December 16, 2010

GIFT CERTIFICATES still available for the holidays!


We will be selling Gift Certificates through December 25th with immediate print & gift or direct e-mail on desired date to recipient. These are easy to purchase and easy to redeem and allow you to gift the experience of customizing their very own special piece to a special someone.

So... if you forgot about little Sally (it's ok, she's small, quiet and easily lost in crowds, it happens!) or if Uncle Johnny didn't tell you cousin Sam actually did get paroled and is coming to the party, we've got you covered! Sneak to the computer, and in a couple of steps you'll be giving a gift to be proud about!

Click hereto purchase a Gift Certificate.

Thanks and we look forward to receiving your order soon,

Charlotte & John
CHART metalworks

Monday, November 22, 2010

ACCEPTING HOLIDAY ORDERS THROUGH DEC 15th!


Hey everyone!

We've been getting a few questions about our turn around times for the holidays, so just wanted to let everyone know, THERE IS STILL TIME TO PLACE YOUR CUSTOM ORDER!

We have been running ahead of schedule! And are able to extend our Custom Order Deadlines with no RUSH Fees!

We are guaranteeing arrival by December 24th for custom orders with USPS Express Shipping placed by Wednesday, December 15th and Approved by Thursday, December 16th.

Order online at www.chartmetalworks.com & SELECT USPS Express Shipping, or call the studio, 207 221 6807.

If you need your order before December 24th please call the studio to inquire about our RUSH options and deadlines, 207 221 6807.

We do have a selection of pre-made items including our Recycled Chart Collection and Petite Necklaces which we can ship the next business day. While supplies last we can guarantee arrival by December 24th for orders place by December 17th with USPS Shipping and December 22nd with USPS Express Shipping. Not yet available on our website, please view these items on our Facebook Fan Page. Click here for our Recycled Chart Collection and here for our Petite Necklaces.

We will also be selling Gift Certificates through December 25th with same day print & gift or direct e-mail to recipient. Click here to purchase a Gift Certificate.

Thanks and we look forward to receiving your order soon,

Charlotte & John

Friday, September 24, 2010

CHART metalworks, Wear Your World: Catawba Island, OH

Did you know the Great Lakes are charted bodies of water? Well they are and the images they provide make for some gorgeous CHART metalworks pieces.


This summer we had the pleasure of working with Rudders on Catawba Island, Ohio. Catawba Island, actually a peninsula, is located on the Southwestern tip of Lake Erie. Due to its sheltered bays and inlets and low land elevation along the shore, it has become one of the preferred areas in the region for pleasure boat owners to dock and store their boat. Let's just say our pieces were a hit!
Rudders is a great little store located at 3260 NE Catawba Rd., in Port Clinton. If your ever in the area, please make sure to stop by and have a look at our collection of Catawba Island and Lake Erie inspired pieces.


If you're not in the Catawba Island area or would like to customize your very own Great Lakes, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, piece, visit us online: www.CHARTmetalworks.com.

CHART metalworks. Wear Your World. Tell your story. What is yours?



Monday, September 13, 2010

Good Day Maine Interview


Back in June we had the proud honor of being one of five local businesses to win an Entreverge Award from Propel, an affiliate of the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce.

It was quite an accolade and we were honored to be in such good company. For more details on the award and the winners, have a look at Flyte New Media's blog about the win.

As part of the award we got to be interviewed by Erin Ovalle of Fox 23's Good Day Maine.

We drove out early this morning to the studio and the live interview went off without... well... maybe only a few hitches here and there at 8:10.

Here are some photos from behind the scenes, please view the full interview at myfoxmaine.com

And as always...

Wear Your Wolrd. Tell Your Story. What's yours?


Friday, July 9, 2010

Our MASCOT

(and quite possibly the cutest dog ever!)

Last spring we decided it was the right time to get a dog. We adopted this little guy ('Riley') from Animal Shelters in Maine. That was well over a year ago and I must say that we are VERY lucky. You just never know what you're in for when you take on the responsibility of dog ownership. Riley has been a complete delight and everyone that meets him happens to agree.

You can catch Riley in our studio most days. He's a bit lazy and so we give him one day off a week to stay at home and sleep on his favorite chair. Otherwise, he's in the throws of the studio. John seems to think if he can just figure out a way for him to grow opposable thumbs, he could be of good use to us.

He's good use to us already, making everyone laugh and smile in the workplace. It's a great day when you get to bring your dog to work.

A big thank you to Emilie of Emilie Inc. Photography, who was kind enough to share these photos she took for a posting on her blog. Please check it out...after you read all about our vendor tour, check out the rest of her blog. Kinda makes you want to plan your wedding all over again...


Wednesday, July 7, 2010



V I N A L H A V E N
We had a successful trunk show last Saturday out on Vinalhaven, Maine just an hour and 15 minute ferry ride from Rockland. Per usual, our entire trip (ferry ride included) was splendid. The weather cooperated and lots of locals and visitors placed their orders with custom images. We showed off our new Recycled Chart Collection (coming soon online!) and had lots of oohs and aahs about these unique one-of-a-kind pieces.
Our account on Vinalhaven has a great blog, be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Monday Chart Story: Janet Wyper, Beauchamp Point, Rockport HarborME

Here's a great story from Midcoast Maine. Janet customized a Rockport Harbor keychain featuring Beauchamp Point for her husband. I'll let Janet tell it in her own words:

My husband and I eloped on Valentine’s Day 25 years ago. I grew up in the Camden Rockport area and was living in Camden. My fiance was a sculptor working on his MFA in New York City. We had planned for him to drive up the night before and in the morning, ski down Beauchamp Point along the harbor to get married out on on "the ledges." But it rained all night, and melted a lot of the snow. In the morning we put on our mud boots and sloshed our way down the road with my neighbors who were our witnesses and my sister who as a notary public could marry us . We climbed over what snow was left on the muddy path and out to the ledge that hangs over Rockport Harbor. It was grey and windy and the sea spray dashed over the rocks. And it was perfect just as it was.

Wear your world. Tell your story. What is yours?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

CHART metalworks, Wear Your World: Marco Island, FL


Marco Island is the largest of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands, located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida. It has been described as Magical, Mystical and Alluring. The attraction is tropical sun-washed white beaches and a casual easy paced life style. Sunshine, frolicking dolphins, and all of the water and sun sports that go with the beaches are available for your pleasure.



If you ever get the opportunity to go to Marco Island, I suggest you find time to make the trip, go check out a collection of our Marco Island pieces at the Blue Mangrove Gallery. We're honored to be featured in the great gallery containing hand made pieces from over 150 artists! Check out the spread, www.bluemangrovegallery.com. The gallery is located at 1089 North Collier Blvd., just down the road from The Esplanade Marina in the Town Center Mall.

Stop by and check out our lovelies soon!

CHART metalworks. Wear you world, tell your story. What is yours?

Monday, June 7, 2010

Monday Chart Story: Mac McKeever, Ferry Beach, ME

Here's real nice story from our friend at LL Bean, Mac Mckeever. Mac purchased a Ferry Beach Pendant for his wife to commemorate where he proposed. This is a bit romantic, fellas take notice, ladies enjoy.... I am going to leave this in Mac's words as I feel he tells the tale the best!

Wow...the piece is just gorgeous!

My wife and I have always been in love with the ocean (swimming, sailing, fly fishing, sunbathing, boating, etc.) and we love Ferry Beach...it's a beautiful location, relatively uncrowded (or it used to be) and the fishing is also very good. It kind of became one of our special places...swimming/bathing/fishing in the summer, x-country skiing in the winter, walks year-round, etc. Our dogs love it there too.

During the summer, they have these planes that drag banners advertising this and that flying up and down the beach from Saco to Scarborough. I arranged to have one of those planes drag a banner that proposed to my wife...it said "Jill will you marry me? I love you" and I brought the ring and some champagne to the beach. At the designated time, the plane flew by very close to us, I drew my wife's attention to it and she was blown away. I produced the ring (carefully, cleverly hidden in my fly box...a place I knew she'd never look) proposed and of course she said yes. The whole beach knew it was us and everyone clapped and cheered as I popped the champagne and poured...cool huh?

Thanks for everything...again, the Ferry Beach piece looks fantastic...she'll be thrilled...

We liked Mac's story so much, we made the photo of his piece the over of our new media kit, I hope you enjoyed it too.

Wear your world. Tell your story. What is yours?

Friday, June 4, 2010

CHART metalworks, Wear Your World: Cape May, NJ

Hi Everyone,

We're trying to get back to regular posts, we accumulated a lot to tell in the last few months, now the trick is to just find the time to tell it...

It all comes to scheduling... so I'm committing myself to three blogs a week, check in regularly and if you notice I'm slacking, give me a holler at the studio, 207 221 6807, and tell me what's what. Here's what we're thinking:

Monday Chart Stories: so many interesting stories behind the pieces our great customers choose, from points of proposals (ladies get your romantic fix here), fav fishing spots to where gramp built that camp, locations from South Africa to North Carolina to the West Coast and the old Eastern Bloc...

Wednesday Wear Your World: find out where to find us next, all the great new retail partners featuring our goodies from Cruz Bay, St. John to Boston, MA to Marblehead, OH...

Friday Fill Ins: all the rest thats left to say and I typically have a lot to say.

And yes, I am amazingly affectionate of alliteration...

Today though, I'm going to back up and make mention of a great new spot we're located at in Cape May, NJ. Let's Start with a bit of history and background on this great historic coastal community.

The same year that the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth, 1620, a Dutch captain, Cornelius Jacobsen Mey, was exploring the Delaware River and upon discovering this most southern point of current day New Jersey, he decided to name the peninsula Cape Mey, after himself. The spelling was later changed to Cape May. More than a century later in 1761 Cape May became the first seashore resort in America.

During the Victorian Era, Cape May was considered on of the top ten vacation resorts in the United States. Because of this, Cape May has a large Victorian heritage, evident in several hundred beautifully manicured houses throughout the city.

As of recent, Cape May has enjoyed a major renaissance. Many Victorian structures have been restored. Today small gingerbread houses stand beside magnificent Victorian showplaces.

If you're ever in the Cape May, NJ area, stop by and check us out at Sea Star Boutique.

The Sea Star Boutique is part of a cooperative mall called The West End Garage. The mall offers a cornucopia of treasures - you'll find fine art, estate jewelry, antiques, vintage clothing, and a unique selection of handmade products created by local Cape May artists and artists and artisans from around the world.

Their product line is much like the “gingerbread” on the historic homes in Cape May - it's adornment for you and your home. Searching a wide range of mediums, the purveyors of Sea Star Boutique look for items that are unique to offer their customers. How fitting then that they invited us to be part of their product line!

Check them out online: www.seastarboutique.bigcartel.com, or at the West End Garage, 484 Perry St., Cape May, NJ

We're very pleased to be partnered with the Sea Star Boutique!

See you next week!

CHART metalworks. Wear you world, tell your story. What is yours?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Our Studio Crew

We've been busy with orders for Father's Day and retailers getting ready to open for summer...so we're hard at work in the studio. Jen, pictured front left, has joined us to assist with various tasks in making the jewelry. John, center, has jumped in to help out with the cleaning and polishing. Val, top right, is busy keeping up with John to clean and polish. Charlotte is busy on the computer designing your orders!

If you're wondering, we're taking orders for Father's Day through June 5th. Don't forget about Dad on June 20th!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Whirlwind of Activity

Well hi all, how are you?

It's been a bit since we've hit the blog and I apologize for that, but we've been out straight. If your asking why, check out that last post of ours from February, 17th... OMG, it's been 2 months... man that flew by! So anyway, the last blog I'm referring to is the Coastal Living feature, yup our first bit of National Press. It was great and brought us to another level and we're just now coming up for air!

Amongst all the orders, here's what else we've been up to in the mean time.

In March we attended our first wholesale trade show ever, The New England Products Trade Show! We had a great show opening 9 new accounts across New England... more info to come on them soon! We also won a Best New Product honorable mention for our belt buckle.

We established a connection in the great lakes to assist in opening accounts there! So far we have two new Great Lakes locations. Look for us in The Boardwalk and The Lobster Trap in Put-In-Bay and Rudder's in Catawba Ohio. Look for more Great Lakes locations soon.

We were featured in a great piece in the Portland Press Herald's Sunday Telegram over Easter. Check out our story, Keyes: Charting a course in business, life from the audience section.


We were also featured in the Bold As Love blog. The author, a recent customer, loved her piece so much that she decided to write a wonderful piece about us.

So, that's a bit of what we've been up to. We're preparing for the Spring and Summer orders, don't forget to get yours in soon, we're now accepting orders for Mother's Day and Graduations! Find great idea here.

Wear your world, tell your story. What is yours?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

CHART metalworks in COASTAL LIVING




Hey all!

Great news, we've gone national! Check out our spread in the March issue of Coastal Living Magazine. We're on page 30. Available to subscribers today and on news stands February, 26th. We got a full page!




We'll also have a guest blog on the Coastal Living Blog later this month, dailycatch.coastalliving.com. We'll keep you posted on this and fill you in on some of the other great artists featured in this series when we return to the studio early March!

Let's keep the momentum going in 2010, please share with a friend.

Wear Your World. Tell your story. What's yours?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

This weeks' CHART story is from Emily. Her mom purchased a beautiful pendant for her birthday of the area in which Emily grew up: Friendship, Maine. Emily was born and raised in Friendship and with the exception of time away for college, lived there for 22 years. Every time she travels away she can't wait to get back. And now she has a little piece of home that she wears anywhere she travels.

We're curious about your story--please share it!

You can have your own CHART jewelry piece and tell your own story...visit our website to view our entire collection.

Tell your story...WEAR YOUR WORLD...what's yours?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

TAKE CARE

There are many methods to keeping your silver jewelry sparkly--silver cleaners, polishing cloths, silver paste. These methods work best on a polished finish. Your CHART metalworks piece has a brushed silver finish.

The best way to clean your piece:
Gently rub the silver with a clean, dry green ScotchPad (yup, the kind you keep under the kitchen sink to scrub your pots & pans, just be sure to use a new one). Be careful not to make contact with the glass-like resin. Our bronze pieces will patina favorably but can also be cleaned in the same manner if you should desire. The clear resin surface can be buffed with a soft cloth and car/boat wax if you slightly scratch it.

When you are not wearing your CHART metalworks piece (the rare occasion!) just keep it in a sealed baggie. Remove as much air as you can before you seal the bag---it's the O2 that makes your silver tarnish.

The best way to avoid your CHART metalworks piece from tarnishing is to wear it. Constant friction against the silver slows the tarnishing process. Be prepared... your voice might get a work out because when others notice your unique piece they are bound to ask you about it...and then you've got to tell them the story behind your special place.

Tell your story ~ WEAR YOUR WORLD ~ what's yours?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

CHART story

Today we celebrate a selection short but sweet CHART stories... Enjoy! We've got some great Valentine's Day stories coming soon, we'll post after Sunday, don't want to ruin the surprise!

We made a bronze zipper pull a while back for Amy, a mother of two. It features Glidden Point of New Castle, Maine. To some Glidden Point represents great oysters, to Amy it represents the piece of Maine to which she moved back from Massachusetts to raise her two kids.

For Marcel, a summer time Bangor resident, we made a St. John belt buckle where he winters.

Kahsi, a Portland resident, received a great medium silver pendant on leather cord of Castine to celebrate where she grew up. She liked it so much she gifted her sister a similar piece for Christmas!

For Kelly, a woman from Windham, she received a ring featuring a historic chart of Belize. Belize is where she was married.

Our friend Jen, a very talented South Portland photographer, you can view some of her work here, gifted a large silver pendant on sterling choker to of Scituate, Massachusetts to her aunt. It features the seaside cliffs as a memorial to where Jen's cousin is buried.

There are many stories to tell!

Wear Your World. Tell Your Story. What's Yours?


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Today's CHART story is from Kerry Corthell who purchased a bracelet as a gift for her sister...Enjoy!

Corthell Lane, Hersey Cove, Pembroke, Maine

We have a one room wooden cabin (electricity, but an outhouse and you have to haul water from a nearby spring) in Hersey Cove, Pembroke, Maine where we spent many hours on our summer vacations finding treasures of all kinds on that beach. My grandfather lived in Pembroke and managed the Socony Mobil plant for decades. He originally had a couple hundred acres, giving about 25 acre ocean front lots to my father and his brother to build some camps.

In the early 70's my father bought the Puffin Pig in Whiting, Maine and my parents, brother and sister all lived in this one room camp through the winter while their house was being built next to the store. I even came up for Christmas and stayed in the camp with them that year. That was interesting going off to the outhouse at night before bed. It took my mother a long time to understand why my sister was so gracious in letting her 'go' first!

We sometimes think of how much the taxes are and how much it might have sold for over the years, but none of us want to let the land go and hope some day to be able to dig a well and put in a septic tank and add a bathroom on so that us 'old' folks can stay there for periods of time and enjoy our little piece of the real Maine.

Commemorate a loved one's special memory. Order yours today.

Tell your story. WEAR YOUR WORLD. What's your story?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

CHART story

Today's CHART story comes from a Portland, Maine yoga instructor who customized a pair of cuff links. This story reminds us that sometimes it's more about the memory than the place... Enjoy!


We made a pair of cuff links for a Portland yoga instructor featuring an "Unexploded Bomb Ordinance" sector of the chart. This alerts navigators of the possibility of unexploded bombs upon the ocean floor, never good to drop anchor in such areas! He remembered this from chart place mats his mother used to have when he was a child and always thought that part was cool. Well... that part definitely was cool and so are the cuff links we made to preserve the memory!

Commemorate a loved one's special memory for Valentine's. How about a shared romantic memory??!! Order yours today.

Wear your world, tell your story. What is yours?

Friday, January 29, 2010

Where did January go....?

Did I just blink or is February already here...? And I didn't even have time to begin any of my New Years Resolutions yet... guess I'll put them off to next year and focus on creating great jewelry and accessories for you...

Here's a little of what we've been up to in the first month of 2010!

Thanks to everyone that stopped by to see our "Islands of Casco Bay" exhibit at Hilltop Coffee Shop. We enjoyed creating the pieces and displays and sharing a little bit of the history of the islands of Casco Bay for the last two months. So many great stories to tell, tell us yours!

We have a winner for our CHART story contest, it's a gem and a real treat but it's a gift so we can't share it yet, stay tuned!

We've opened up an exciting new account on St. John, USVI. If you're ever in the area stop by and check out Nest at the Marketplace in Cruz Bay. Within a couple of weeks they'll have a fine selection of our goodies on hand featuring St. John points of interest. They also stock all the essentials to adorn and inspire: bath, home, body, kitchen, tabletop, fine correspondence & lighting. We hope you can make it there soon!
With that we're getting back to work to bring you fine custom jewelry and accessories. Remember to get your Valentine's order in by Thursday, February 4th!

We'll have some more to say next week, enjoy the weekend!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday's CHART Story

Today's CHART story comes from Malissa of Massachusetts who customized a small bronze of leather cord with Higgins Beach.


Malissa writes:

Summer vacations at Higgins Beach began as an opportunity to connect with a childhood friend and her family living in Scarborough... our annual bonding sessions of beach, barbeques and the Yarmouth Clam Festival. Nine years later our vacation has become two glorious weeks in a sweet beach house shared with a growing extended family and visiting friends all enjoying the magic of Higgins.

There is nothing in the world like a communal puzzle permanently set up on the porch table, searching for crabs in the Spurwink at low tide, the annual Turkey Dinner at the clubhouse and the nightly "knotty pine tour." Babies have taken first steps, children have learned to kayak, teens have discussed the mysteries of life while having mad pillow fights (if only walls could talk) and grown ups have given in to true relaxation here.

Higgins Beach is the source of so many wonderful experiences and memories... it is our slice of Americana, our little piece of heaven. Thanks to Charlotte and John my beautiful custom CHART pendant will be a constant reminder of that special place especially during the Massachusetts winters as I count the days until we return.

Thanks so much...

You're very welcome Malissa!

Help a loved one through the winter, gift them a special gift for Valentine's, order yours today.

Wear your world, tell your story. What is yours?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Islands of Casco Bay: Clapboard, Stave & Cushing Islandss "Pastures"

Today we offer some history on Clapboard, the nearby Stave (any guess as to where they got their names), Bangs and Cushing Islands.

Trips to Clapboard Island were made by men from Richard Trelawney's fishing station on Richmond Island off of Cape Elizabeth. Workers would make small-boat excursions to Clapboard Island to cut timber and saw it into lumber. Guess what that used the lumber for?... That's right, clapboards. Providing an excellent example of Yankee ingenuity, the island quickly became know as Clapboard Island. Oddly enough, on nearby Stave Island, they cut barrel staves.

At one point Bangs Islands belonged to Joshua Bangs, you see where the name came from. In 1762 the island was purchased by Ezekiel Cushing for $2,300. $2,300 was an expensive price tag which remained higher than even some of the Casco Bay islands sold for in the 1960s! Upon purchasing the island, Ezekiel quickly renamed it Cushing Island.

Some time passed and Ezekiel sold the island back to Joshua Bangs. He renamed it Bangs Islands. Joshua's daughter inherited the island and married Jedediah Preble. Eventually, their son, the famous Commodore Edward Preble, father of the US Navy, inherited the island.

Commodore Preble then sold the island to Lemuel Cushing, a distant cousin of Ezekiel, and the name changed once again back to Cushing and has remained so since!

CHART metalwork's exhibit the "Islands of Casco Bay" is on display through the end of January at Hilltop Coffee Shop, 90 Congress St., Portland, ME. "Pastures" features a silver lapel pin featuring Clapboard Island, a silver tie tack featuring Cow Island, a bronze zipper pull featuring Basket Island and a silver zipper pull featuring Cushing Island. The jewelry can be purchased separately or as a collection with frame and story...

...or, you can always customize your own special piece.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Islands of Casco Bay: Pound of Tea Island & Great Chebeague "A Lone Tree""


Pound of Tea

Now how do you come up with a name like Pound of Tea? Well, legend has it that's the price for the island. It's said the original settlers purchased the island from American Indians for a single pound of tea. The island is now inhabited by the King and Queen of Pound of Tea.



Indian Point, Great Chebeague

A single tree stands alone on the windswept barren point know as Indian Point. This is the fruit of the labor of a man know as Wentworth Ricker. In 1791 Ricker settled on Great Chebeague and planted a garden upon Indian Point. One day he noticed a tiny oak growing from his garden patch. He carefully tended to it and eventually it grew to be the landmark and seamark known today to all navigators in the bay.

CHART metalwork's exhibit the "Islands of Casco Bay" is on display through the end of January at Hilltop Coffee Shop, 90 Congress St., Portland, ME. "A Lone Tree" features an extra small silver pendant on sterling ball chain featuring Pound of Tea Island, a small silver pendant on sterling ball chain featuring Indian Point, an extra small bronze pendant on oxidized ball chain featuring Sturdivant Island and a small bronze pendant on oxidized ball chain featuring House Island. The jewelry can be purchased separately or as a collection with frame and story...

...or, you can always customize your own special piece.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Monday's CHART Story... a day late

We're a day late again, this time due to the long weekend, but this story is worth the wait...

We made a pair of silver cuff links as a very thoughtful gift for a man by the name of F. Lee Bailey... yes... the F. Lee Bailey.

One features Princes Point, Falmouth, ME where he spent some time as a child, the other the Massachusettes Cape residence where he grew up. They fit him like a glove, much nicer than the one made ever so famous in that certain trial.

He wore them yesterday and has already sold several pairs to a couple judges and colleagues. We're trying to work out a rep agreement but he's a very well skilled speaker and negotiator...

We're guilty of making great gifts for Valentine's Day, order yours today.

Wear your world, tell your story. What is yours?


Friday, January 15, 2010

Islands of Casco Bay: Peaks Island "Shore Dinners"


Peaks has been enjoyed summer destination island for quite some time. Peaks was once a rendezvous point for Indians who went there for summer excursions and clambakes.

By 1850 William Jones had begun to turn Peaks Island into a tourist destination for day visitors from Portland. He turned his boarding house into a restaurant that served shore dinners. Guest enjoyed fresh lobsters, steamers and corn at Jones' Restaurant.

The arrival of the steam ferry to the area in the late 1800s brought a great tourist boom to Peaks. During this time Peaks boasted an extensive boardwalk, roller coasters, vaudeville acts, roller skating rinks and fireworks every evening.

The en vogue activity was to take the steam ferry from Portland to Peaks and take in a show. Ferry and show ticket cost all of twenty five cents.

Though today the boardwalk, roller coasters, roller skating rinks and daily fireworks no longer exists, elements of Jones' vision still do. Peaks still is a popular day trip destination from Portland.

These days every Sunday a great crowds coalesce upon Peaks to take in reggae at Jones' Landing, round trip ferry $4.10, buckets of beer $10. I've never seen a vaudeville act at Sunday reggae, but I sure have seen some interesting ones....

CHART metalwork's exhibit the "Islands of Casco Bay" is on display through the end of January at Hilltop Coffee Shop, 90 Congress St., Portland, ME. "Shore Dinners" features a medium silver pendant on sterling silver choker featuring Little John Island and a large silver pendant on choker featuring Peaks. The jewelry can be purchased separately or as a collection with frame and story...

...or, you can always customize your own special piece.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Find your way home... a CHART story


Hi there folks! Well, I know it's not due, but I received a "thank you" e-mail today with a picture and a great story behind a beautiful piece we made for the holidays and could not pass up posting today. Enjoy!



Just wanted to share a picture of the wonderful buckle you custom made for our 18 year old son. Josh has spent the last two years working on the Lily B out of Freeport Harbor. This year he will head off for college and we know he will always be able to find his way home to his family and the Maine coast when he has on his wonderful CHART metalworks buckle.

We thank you for your wonderful work.

Lisa and Tom

Looks like our belt buckle made a great holiday gift. Don't forget to gift a great gift this Valentine's!

Wear your world, tell your story. What is yours?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Islands of Casco Bay: Cliff Island - "Sunken Treasure"



Today we offer some history on Cliff Island. Watch out Johnny Depp, Casco Bay was once home to real life pirates!

Cliff Island was once the hide away for the villain pirate Captain Keiff. He lived alone on the island in a log hut. On stormy nights he would tie a lantern around the neck of his horse and would ride up and down the shore. Many a poor sailor mistook the glimmering light as a beacon guiding them to safety and misguided, would wreck upon the perilous ledges and reefs which surround the island.

The clever Captain Keiff would then salvage the cargo and kill any survivors. All his victims were buried in a grassy meadow on the island which is still know today as "Keiff's Garden."




CHART metalwork's exhibit the "Islands of Casco Bay" is on display through the end of January at Hilltop Coffee Shop, 90 Congress St., Portland, ME. "Sunken Treasure" features a large bronze pendant on sterling silver choker of Great Chebeague Island, a small bronze pendant on bracelet featuring Eagle Island and a bronze charm bracelet featuring Hope, Cliff and Jewell Islands. The jewelry can be purchased separately or as a collection with frame and story...

...or, you can always customize your own special piece.