Thibault’s Favorite

Don Henley


H.O. Amano Culinary Oddities & Artifacts
Encinitas, CA, United States

8 ¾” L x 1 ¾” W x 1 ½” H

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Photo credit: Don Henley

The Artist describes this work as a rotary-blade slicer used for cutting pizza. The unique blade configuration and mounting fixture in the form of a lobster “crusher” claw is unprecedented, and a heretofore unknown configuration found among culinary implements.

This pizza slicer was inspired by French writer Gerard Nerval who influenced French Romanticism and such future writers as Marcel Proust. Known for his eccentricities, he kept a pet lobster named Thibault which he was fond of taking for extended walks along the main boulevards of Paris. The pair often stopped at their favorite pizza bistro for a slice of their favorite tomato/clam pie.
Handle: Macassar Ebony
Fittings: Copper, Brass (Claw is copper with chasing and repousse details)
Blade: 2 ¾” diameter cutlery grade steel
Display Stand: Brass, Amboyna. (5 ½ L x 3” W x 1 ¾” H)
All materials are reclaimed and repurposed from surplus sources.

Don Henley is a retired community college instructor and active artist/maker. His academic training is in anthropology and art history with over four decades of experience working with ceramics, jewelry, wood and metals. His art is motivated by a love of process and finding innovative ways to use and incorporate sustainable and repurposed material

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