In 2014 I befriended a local craftsman by the name of Kevin Murray. Kevin is the talented force behind Rough Design Co., where he builds custom, sturdy furniture and all sorts of stylish dude stuff by hand. We got to talking when he heard I was a jeweler and I surprised him by knowing what a hobo nickel was. He had just purchased one for himself from another talented guy down in Georgia named James Boudreau, and he wanted to make it into a ring. James hand engraves unique designs on the surface of vintage buffalo nickels, making them "hobo nickels", continuing an old and very cool American folk craft tradition. After Kevin and I made that first ring, we had so much fun with it that we decided to keep going.
I'm excited to present the ongoing collaborative project that's come out of it - Rough/Arcos is a growing line of men's jewelry and accessories that we make by hand, in sterling and brass. In addition to the one-of-a-kind hobo nickel rings made to order, courtesy of James, we are also scouring flea markets for lost mementos and carving up new styles inspired by chunky vintage biker rings and rebel tough guy culture. You can have a look here, and find what's currently available in the shop section (or Kevin's shop, if you don't see it here)!