I traveled half way around the world and hiked into the Kumbu Valley to find these cylinders. With the help of The Nepal Mountaineering Association I recovered 132 oxygen cylinders left on top of the world. The story of getting them through customs was an adventure in it self.
Here I am grinding away years of wear and tear. 100 mph winds, avalanches, and sub-zero temperatures by night and blistering sun by day. You can see the bell starts to emerging.
The end result is a complete transformation of what was once used and abandoned into what is now beautiful and inspiring art.
The Everest Ornament
I noticed all these shaving coming off my lathe during the making of the bells and bowls. They started to fill up my shop floor and started to become a problem. I couldn't throw them away because I pulled them out of a landfill in Nepal. I just couldn't put them back in a landfill in Brunswick, Maine so we had to use our imaginations again to figure out what to do with them.
My wife came up with the idea for these nice little Christmas ornaments. They represent the three r's of reduce, reuse, and recycle. A small but significant message we try to follow in our business practices.
We pack The Everest Ornaments in these nice recycled paper boxes and only use vegetable based ink in our printing.