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Duane W Bargar

 

Duane W Bargar, born and raised in Delaware, Ohio, is an award winning silversmith and woodworker. Duane works primarily in sterling silver and fabricates nearly all of his own components to create both inventory and custom work. Duane is also skilled in lapidary work and frequently mines, cuts and polishes the stones used in his creations. His workshop is on a large farm about 20 miles north of Columbus, Ohio. 

Duane was raised learning about home restoration and the basics of improvised engineering from his grandfather, a WW2 combat engineer and farmer. His family also owned and operated a local jewelry store, Bargar Jewelry, in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio for 57 years. Duane studied musical instrument construction at Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in Phoenix, AZ and went on to hone his woodworking and instructional expertise as Scene Shop Manager at Ohio Wesleyan University's Theatre Department.

Relocating to New Mexico in 1997, Duane initially attended the University of New Mexico and put his woodworking skills to use at a regional furniture company, where he designed both furniture and custom home cabinet packages along with managing business operations. As a reflection of Duane's diverse aesthetic appreciation, he co-founded an independent business in 2000 located on Historic Route 66, that specialized in ethnographic tactile arts from Central and South Asia and North Africa. Eventually his roots got a hold of him and his attention turned from woodwork to silversmithing, as he comes from three generations of jewelers. 

The nearly two decades spent in New Mexico cemented Duane's gifts and talents as a silversmith. His influences draw heavily from classic Southwestern style, tribal textiles and jewelry, and his love of various design from Art Nouveau jewelry to Midcentury poster print making.

When Duane is not in his workshop or vending nationally at shows, he enjoys teaching and instructs students at the Delaware Arts Castle as well as private lessons for jewelry making and lapidary work.