My touch mark of crossed arrows denotes my origin and passion for primitive ways. I was born in 1971 and those numbers are to the left and right. The 7th, above, is my birth order; I was my father's seventh and final son.

I normally use this mark on illustrations or printed material.

My touch mark for items that I've smithed is an Irish Ogham for the Blackthorn tree.

I've always been fascinated with old languages and writing systems and chose this for it's association with durability and being fruitful during difficult times.

I was born into a primitive living experiment called Padanaram in Silverville, Indiana on July 1st, 1971. My family lived communally, in a challenging environment, until the death of my sister Shelam forced us into a common way of life.

A hereditary form of cancer took the lives of four other siblings and ultimately my father in 1995.

After the death of my father, I enlisted into the United States Army and served until I was honorably discharged in 2005.

I reside on the banks of White River in Fishers, Indiana. From my small studio and forge I create a broad spectrum of commissioned work for individuals as well as The American Red Cross, The American Lung Association,  The United States Special Forces Association, and The Infantry Bugler.

I possess no formal art training but I excel in multiple mediums as well as structural design and the fabrication of utilitarian items.

Be it paper, wood, metal, hide, or bone, I can fashion it into an item to hold treasures, make music, harvest game, protect life, or illuminate a home.

Feel free to challenge me with your idea or desire. I'm sure I can bring it into this world.

Sharek A. Gadd

Initiator of Handsome Things

my story