This means War.

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Warpig waxes are rolling out.  Each one has a custom bottom rocker with personalized artwork on either side of the ring ranging from lettering to…yep, you guessed it: SKULLS.

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It’s been a busy season and I have to say I’ll be glad when things slow down again this Summer.  I’ve finished another round of Animation Table rings and a few Zen enso pendants for the Custom Mala Shop.

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I’ve got a new Phoenix ring in the works that I’ll update later, so stay tuned.  Also the fabled ZIPPO is getting closer to completion.   I’ll leave you with a great video review from a client of mine on the Big Voodoo ring with custom eyes.

Turquoise dependent arising




It’s finally done.  Tim’s new ring is all set to go and ready to ship.   I’m not including the other side of this piece of work just yet since Tim wanted to be surprised.

Doing a ring like this, you just need to get the hell out of the way and let the stone do its job.  The lines are simple and clean, but still hand-carved.


That’s a brushed metal finish.  NICE.

I’ll post more shots after he gets it on his finger.  Stay tuned.





The Guru Skull


Here it is, folks.  Jason over at the Custom Mala Shop has finished his prototype mala with my silver skull guru bead and the results are stunning.

This is how I suggest you order it:  Use the black onyx beads with the hematite markers with silver spacers and red knotting cord.    Of course, you can order it in any configuration you like, but this is my personal choice.

Here he is up close.  This fella is exclusive to Jason’s shop.  It should be selectable from the guru bead option by next week.

…aaand now back to skull rings.  I’ve got a few orders coming up that I want to post.  Lot of standard pieces, but a few highly custom works.

Zen in Action

Jason’s just whipped up an amazing hand-knotted necklace with the enso pendant.  Again, a freakin’ HAND KNOTTED necklace with a hand-carved and cast enso in sterling silver.  See why I’m a fan of this guy?


Check out his facebook page here or visit or Shade of the Bodhi Tree.  When I saw this photo I kicked myself in the face.

And now, a picture of my skull ring Frank next to a giant corned beef sandwich.




A Zen Thing

Happy to announce that the Zen ensos are now for sale exclusively at Shade of the Bodhi Tree. and Custom Mala Shop.


For those of you not familiar with the site, let me do a little rundown.

I discovered this shop online when doing some research.  The place is run by Jason Walz, who is doing something incredibly profound with his work.  He’s making custom malas by hand, with great quality materials.  Trust me, this is rare.


I got into silver and skull rings because I got tired of the junk.  There was so much shit out there.   Hollow-backed mass-produced, soldered junk made by 12 year olds in a sweatshop somewhere.  I wanted to make a quality product.  Truly custom made work cast as one piece with no solder, no hollowed-out backs, and made by me sitting on a workbench surrounded by sketches.

I get the feeling Jason is doing much of the same thing, reminding his clients that there are still artisans in this country who can make things by hand out of real materials.

That’s his work above.  Hand drilled with legit Chinese knotting chord and REAL stones.


Do a google search for malas and you’ll see dozens of places that sell them.  Hell, they are extremely popular right now – not just for Buddhists, but for people who want to make a fashion statement.  Thing is, most of them are crap.  They’re strung on cheap wire or freakin’ fishing line.  They snap easily.  Their made with shitty imitation stones or wood that’s been stained with the same kind of crap you’ll find in Home Depot that rubs off on your skin and gives you a rash.  The tassels are machine-made out of crappy threads that disintegrate shortly after public wear.   They’re also made by people who don’t give a shit about what they’re doing.  Some low-salaried employee who’s making them on an assembly line or a hobbiest who doesn’t take it seriously.

Not Jason’s stuff.  He is a master craftsman.  He’s studied, he’s researched…..he gets it.


Best thing is, his work is entirely custom.  He has a few pre-made pieces as well, but the FUN of ordering from him is that he has a custom design tool on his page.  You start off by selecting what type of mala you want.  Full 108 bead count?  No problem.  Something smaller for the wrist?  Piece of cake.  Turns out Jason will also make crazy configurations that aren’t on his site if you send him an email.



Once you get your basic configuration laid out, you pick what type of beads you want.  Onyx?  Bone?   Lotus seed? Sandal wood?  Jade?  Crystal?  There are a lot of options.  Plus, virtually EVERY part of the mala is customizable.  Spacers, tassels, chord knots, pendants, guru beads, etc.  Goes on and on.

In fact, I’ve just finished a skull guru bead that will be available at Custom Mala Shop as well.


If you don’t know what a guru bead is, it’s the bead at the center of the mala where the knot and/or tassel is.  You can see what I’m talking about below.


you can imagine that knot coming out of the jaw of that skull.  Should look fantastic.  They’re not up on Jason’s site yet, so check back in a week or so.

Well, I didn’t want this to be one big commercial for Jason’s work, but frankly I just admire the hell out of it.   I’m going to be doing more articles like this: reviews of work from artists I admire.   My enso pendants and that new skull guru bead are available exclusively through his site.   I’ve had so many requests to make beaded pieces like these for clients and I’m now happy to say that if your’e interested, you can finally get one complete with an MT Maloney skull or enso pendant.

Taker ‘er easy.  Stay tuned……

Ensos and Chains

Finished a semi-super-secret project.  No, not another skull ring.   That’s an enso pendant.

For those of you not familiar with it, it’s essentially a single brush-stroke image from Zen Buddhism.  I carved these guys by hand to look like the brush-stroke – trying to keep it very organic and fluid.

I’d seen other pendants like this online and if you ask me, they all suck.  And they’re expensive as hell.  I wanted to do one in sterling that really captured the brush style without looking overly rigid or machine-cut.

Want one?  Stay tuned and I’ll be letting you know how to get ’em.

Along with that, I had another late night in the studio working on waxes and a chain for my man Sid.  I’ve got a Days of the Dead coming together.   Before and after:

That isn’t done.  Still have to solder shut all of the rings, do a bit more sanding, tumble polish, blacken, and then re-polish by hand.  Sid doesn’t want any special finish or anything, so we’re just doing it up classic.