Gray Matter - art tools oddities

Bruce Gray's drums, Miranda Gray's egg tempera paintings, Bruce's vintage tools, Miranda's prayer flags, rock cozies, other objects and textiles.

gallery of fine arts and crafts, beautiful vintage tools and functional object, oddities from the industrial age.

Operating as usual

Our store is so very little, so we won't be open until things calm down virus-wise. We will open by appointment so do call if you want to shop with us.

We were open for two weeks, but the numbers are up, and we are closed again. So sorry. I enjoyed seeing you again. Will let you know when we will be open once again.

GRAY MATTER is reopening today.
WE will continue to be open with our regular hours-
Wednesday thru Saturday 11:00 to 5:00.
We look forward to see you again.

[03/16/20]   Gray Matter will be closed until further notice. We can't protect people from others if hand tools are touched, and tourists are passing through the store from parts unknown.
We've gone to ground. Working on a better online presence, getting our gardens up and running, working on our Jaconita irrigation ditch. If you really need something, send a message.
Thank you all, and be well.

cutlers and sawyers hammers - 2# to 6# - one set doghead, one set cutlers/sawyers

[12/22/19]   Happy Holiday Season all.

New things coming in for the New Year including this lot.

Reopening 15th of January 2020.

Safe travels and warm hearths for your nights.

Baca Street Studio Tour is this coming weekend, Friday thru Sunday. Opening Fri. Dec. 6th 4PM to 7PM. At Gray Matter, Bruce will be featuring a new collection of hammers. Miranda will be exhibiting new and old paintings, and reintroducing some of her large prayer flags.

Gray Matter - Art, Tools, Oddities

Article written about Gray Matter by Gabriela Pirlo. Miranda Gray es pintora retratista y costumbrista. Sus cuadros son personas, animales, escenas de la vida cotidiana, mascotas, partes del c...

Centuries-old irrigation system shows how to manage scarce water

Great write up - As Mayordomo of Acequia del Barranco de Jacona this shows how I spend some of my time when not in the store. New Mexico’s community-operated acequias, some over 300 years old, demonstrate how farmers can fairly share this unpredictable resource.

Bill Skrips show still up at Gray Matter through this weekend. If you haven't yet seen it, stop by. Someone said that they think it's the best show up in Santa Fe right now.

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Gray Matter flooded.

Gray Matter flooded.

Bill Skrips show at Gray Matter

Bill Skrips show at Gray Matter

We will be exhibiting the works of Bill Skrips. Opening this Saturday, July 21st, in conjunction with the Baca Street Bash. Please stop by. 4 to 8 PM.

Hardanger fartøyvernsenter

Eit av fjorårets store prosjekt for Seppe og Alice var å smi dei enorme knea til polarskuta Gjøa. Her trengtes både kreative løysingar og fleire hender. Skipssmed Gustav Sletsjoe tok turen over fjellet med smedlærlingane Lars Skonnord Andersen og Marcus Kolstad.
A big project for our blacksmiths; forging big structural elements for Gjøa ( Fram Museum ) - a challenge demanding creative solutions and more hands in the smithy. Seppe and Alice got help from skilled colleagues visiting from the east; maritime blacksmith Gustav Sletsjoe, and the apprentices Lars Skonnord Andersen and Marcus Kolstad.

Read more about this restoration project in our blog:

Video: Silje Ensby

Exhibit at Gray Matter in July. Bill Skrips.

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We are so very pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting the paper sculpture of Rick Phelps in our gallery this year. These pieces are exquisite. They are covered with pages from a volume of Britannica Encyclopedia. You must see them in person. Baca Street Art Tour this weekend, Fri- thru Sun. Dec. 1 to 3.

If you feel so inclined, could you please write a review on Trip Adviser for our little store. Gray Matter - art + tools + artifacts

Baca Street Studio Tour is Dec.1st thru 3rd. Please stop by to see the most beautiful collection of tiny hammers.

Axes and Adzes for Bowl Carving - FineWoodworking Bowl carving is becoming very popular with green woodworkers, but it's hard to know where to start when looking for axes and adzes. Dave Fisher shows you exactly what he looks for in his go to tools for making chips fly.

Baca Street Bash on Saturday. We're exhibiting the works of William Dubby Fuqua. Please join us. Gallery opens at 11. Bash (which is a big block party with music and food) starts at 4.

Anvil Instrument

piercingly beautiful

Blacksmith at the Biltmore House in Asheville NC Playing a Song on the Anvil

Photos from Gray Matter - art tools oddities's post

Photos from Gray Matter - art tools oddities's post

Cooper Video

Shows many of the tools in the store in their traditional usage.

Theakstons Cooper Video

[12/02/16]   Big Weekend on Baca Street. Gray Matter is hosting a show of work by Leigh Alexander, Rick Phelps, and Freddy Lopez, in conjunction with the 16th Annual Baca Street Art Tour. Opening reception is tomorrow, Saturday from 4 to 8.

[11/06/16]   We're in the process of changing our name. There is a store in our compound that is named Art-I-Fact. People get confused, and come in looking for a clothing shop. So our new name is:

GRAY MATTER - art - tools - oddities.

Sign change in the next few weeks.

Baca Street Halloween party tonight from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Bruce will be carving pumpkins with power tools at our store Gray Matter 926 Baca St. #6. Gray Matter is exhibiting the works of Jay Tincher - skullpture - exploded skulls under glass in the Victorian manner. And PattiMara Gourley will be showing her day of the Dead themed ceramics. Please stop by.

Dowd's Tools

Two of the more interesting tools from the group of leather working tools previously posted. These are embossing wheels, used to impress a decorative pattern on leather work. While usually associated with bookbinding, a saddler or harness maker would have used them, as well. These two tools fall into one of my favorite categories - user made tools. If you look closely, you can tell one of the wheels was files from an 1861 Indian Head penny. I think the other is from an Indian Head penny, as well, but it's hard to make a definite ID.

beautiful work.
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Gomph #5 creaser - vintage leatherwork tool
One of the tools in the auction. Follow seller to see all as they come up for sale. US $17.00 Used in Crafts, Home Arts & Crafts, Leathercraft

Elliott Hampton Auction preview (410 photos) Link to the Auction preview.

Liquid Light Glass

Elodie working with Enrico Embroli! Can't wait to see what this collaboration brings!

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