About the Artist
My name is Roberta Pihl - I am an Oregon resident, mother of three and an Iraqi War veteran. I have an AAOT in Biology and am in the process of getting my Bachelor's degree for Natural Resources with a minor in Botony. I recently took a sabbatical from school but will be re-attending by the end of the year.
I have been metalsmithing since 2009 and am self taught. Everything I learned was through the use of books, videos and the help of other metalsmiths. I have always had an affinity with tools (and love for art!) and after coming home from the war I needed a craft to be able to express my creative side and keep my hands busy: metalsmithing fit the bill since I was a mechanic for the US Army (1st Cavalry Division 15th FSB.)
I started carving stamps in 2014, practicing on cheap rebar. After picking them up and putting them down, I decided in the beginning of 2017 to really get serious about it. I did as much research as I could and got some great help from other metal workers in the steel industry. Once I started, I COULD NOT STOP!
I didn't want to go the same route as other metal stamp artists, however, and carve mainly Native American style stamps - even though that's what I've always practiced - primarily because I am not Native American. So I found a way to develop my own techniques to carve different styles of stamps using burs. Ideas from other artists came flooding in, as well as ideas of my own, and I quickly realized the possibilities are endless!
I have some pretty big plans for future designs, time pending, and have been doing some research into creating different kinds of tools for metalsmiths. I take a lot of pride in seeing people use the tools I create for them on work they create for themselves or others. I also enjoy sharing knowledge and am always happy to assist others in learning the craft! Be it soldering, stamping, setting stones or even carving stamps of their own, I try to make myself as available as possible to help others learn the art they're as passionate about as I am! If you ever have any questions you can contact me directly and I will try to respond as quickly as possible!