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Custer, Gary

Navajo Master Silversmith, Gary Custer, is known for his exquisite high end precious metal work.  Gary was born and raised on the Navajo Nation in Ft. Defiance, Arizona, near Gallup, New Mexico.  He was raised around his grandparents from the time he was young.  English is his second language.  Knowing the Navajo language has helped him to communicate with his grandparents.  His great grandfather, Frank Apache (Tall Silversmith) was a well-known medicine man.  He knew the Blessing Way Ceremony which is the backbone of the Navajo culture.

After high school, Gary entered college and majored in automotive technician.  In the summer of 1989 he started working in Navajo Silversmithing.  His parents are longtime silversmiths and have a well-known background in old traditional Navajo sandcast jewelry.

Gary states that his “business name ‘Twin Feather Designs’ came to be when my mother handed down some of the old sandcast samples of her work.”  His work combines both contemporary and traditional designs in tufa cast and stamp work.  He is self-taught.

Gary has won awards for his pieces at SWAIA Indian Market, Santa Fe, New Mexico; The Heard Museum Guild Fair, Phoenix, AZ; and, Eight Northern Pueblos Arts and Crafts Fair, New Mexico.  His work is highly sought after by collectors.

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