Sterling Silver Hand Wrought Eagle Pendant by Laguna Pueblo Artist, Greg Lewis. Greg Lewis Silver Eagle Pendant
Greg Lewis learned silversmithing at the age of fifteen from his paternal grandfather, Alvin Concho Lewis of Acoma, who learned his techniques from an uncle. Greg’s art work is greatly influenced by his grandfather who retired in 1982 after 60 years of silversmithing. During the 1940’s, Alvin Lewis was a ship builder and he became familiar with metals that would eventually turn into his own personally handmade stamped, pounding tables, specialized anvils and concho tool and dies. Over the years, Greg himself has learned the lost art of tool making.
The style of silver work made by Greg is called repousse: relief decoration. He starts with flat sheets of gold, sterling silver, copper or brass ranging from 30 to 12 gauge thickness. His handmade tools are fashioned from used files and tool steel bars. The tools feature hand wrought designs and are finished with heat treatment to make them strong and hard. The tooled designs are for creating an impression. Other tools include a ball-peen hammer, rawhide mallet, files, sheet metal shears and a jeweler’s saw. The only modern equipment used is the oxygen-acetylene torch and the buffing wheel.