Meet Mr. Lentz, aka Evan Lentz. He makes the most awesome nature inspired jewelry, belts, home goods and more and sells them both on his website and on Etsy. I have a pretty amazing Mr. Lentz necklace that is made from a piece of antler! So cool. Scroll down to learn more about Evan, his beautiful creations, and enter to win one of his natural wood and moss necklaces!
"I am a modern cowboy of wood design, jewelry concoction, and creation of devices and inspiration meant to share with others. My goal is to inspire others to inspire others and my journey began 7 months ago while on a road trip through the Redwood Forests of the Pacific Northwest. I realized that I was working 12 hours a day in front of a computer screen with nothing physical or tangible to show for it at the end of the day. Walking amongst the mossy giants in the forest lead me on a path of realization...one that has in turn completely reshaped my life. I now spend most days dreaming up new jewelry designs, concocting a new bike device, and challenging my abilities by constantly learning new things. Right now I am studying the craft of leather working. I plan to continue my self-inspiring nature and moss theme throughout my work. I think the best part of what I am doing right now is knowing that I am making things that are putting smiles on my customers faces as far away as Russia, Japan, Australia and even North Dakota ;)"
1. When did photography become a passion for you, and how did it turn into a profession?
While I have always loved photography, I realized about two years ago that I really enjoyed photographing people awash in light. Show me the most beautiful landscape in the world, and I will instead search out someone to get a few candid shots of. Photography never really turned into a profession for me. I dabbled in weddings...blechhh! Now I use this skill solely for myself and my designs. I love photographing models wearing my jewelry!
2. When did you start wood working and why do you enjoy working with wood?
I started working with wood completely on accident in the winter of 2010. I had a photography showing in town and I needed to come up with about 30 frames in less than two weeks. I spent day and night in the freezing garage surrounded by large snow banks...and when I was all done - just in time for the show - I realized that I used the wrong type of glue and had to re-do everything a different way. That was a wonderful lesson to learn early on. You are going to make mistakes, that is a given - it's how you deal with them that will show your true character. I love working with wood and the only reason I have is that it just makes sense to me.
3. What was the inspiration for your jewelry line?
The Redwood Forests of Northern California inspired the majority of my mossy jewelry line. The Beast Series came about after several trips to San Francisco and checking out the local 'hip' taxidermy shops that were selling all kinds of incredible art.
4. Are there any artistic mediums that you haven't tried yet that you are eager to get into?
Right now I am Gung-ho about leatherworking, specifically over the shoulder bags and different purse designs. I recently invested in a bunch of leather tools...so pumped!
5. Anything else you'd like to tell us?
If you ever read anywhere online that I am a rabbit breeder, it was true...by accident when I was 5 years old. I had rabbits as pets, and as rabbits do - they bred. At first it wasn't a big deal, around 8 babies a month. I would catch them all, take care of them - then sell them in front of the local grocery store for $5. After a few months though, I noticed that I wasn't quite catching all of them and they had started to interbreed and create separate colonies throughout my backyard. By a certain point it kinda got out of hand and I would spend hours after school trying to round them up. There were too many to sell, so I had to make weekly visits to a local golf course and dump them over the fence!
1st entry: visit the Mr. Lentz shop and leave a comment here letting me know your favorite item!
2nd entry: follow Mr. Lentz on Facebook and leave a second comment here.
3rd entry: sign up for Mr. Lentz's bi-monthy newsletter and leave a 3rd comment here.
This giveaway ends on Nov 25th.
And the winner of the Shredded Scarf Giveaway is Amelia from Sweet Disposition!