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“Forkologist” on the streets of Manhattan

Forkologist stall on Union Square NYC 2009

Forkologist stall on Union Square NYC 2009

The City That Never Sleeps never ceases to surprise me. This time it was a “Forkologist” in Union Square that completely caught me off guard. My latest Eureka moment came while wandering along 14th Street, just south of the farmers’ market in Union Square Park. Amidst the mosaic that makes this neighbourhood a cultural hub of the city, stood out a man who calls himself a Forkologist, a name that suggests a passion and mastery of working with the humble fork. Living in New York one sees so many unusual things that it is easy to get desensitised, but the man behind the forks caught my undivided attention.


I got my ring made out of a silver spoon handle with an engraved initial. Thanks Anthony!

Anthony McCann bills himself as a “Forkologist”, a specialist in transforming old silver forks into custom-made jewellery, typically a ring or bracelet. The inspiration behind this novel idea came about 14 years ago to Anthony, whose idea, in retrospect, seems well ahead of its time. Quite simply, the master of forks will take old silverware – although he calls himself a Forkologist he will work his skill on any piece of silver utensil – and transform it in under 5 minutes into an interesting jewellery piece that belies its humble roots as an unwanted cutlery. Such a simple (yet grand) concept, in addition to being novel, is also a very “green” form of jewellery-making that saves otherwise fine silver from din of the basement. The owner of a Forkologist jewellery piece not only connects with an old item of silverware that may have a rich personal history, but the owner ostensibly helps with the green movement with an environmentally friendly piece of custom-made jewellery.

So go ahead and bring your old silverware to the Forkologist. He will turn your old fork into a ring or, if you are lucky (and the old silverware of fine enough condition), into a bracelet. For those who do not have old silverware on hand, Anthony the Forkologist has a large selection of silverware on site for your convenience. And once you’ve chosen your preferred utensil don’t go too far — McCann the Forkologist will turn it into a funky piece of jewellery faster than you can finish a New York Mr Softee ice cream cone on a hot summer day!

Street jewellery production:

Many thanks to Kai Chan for contributing to this post.


8 Responses to ““Forkologist” on the streets of Manhattan”

  1. Lillithe says:

    I stopped by Anthony’s fork and spoon jewelry stand today and was amazed at watching him make this jewelry. I was looking through his silverware collection and came across this only spoon handle that had a gold tone like finish. I picked it up first before anyone could see it and waited for him to make my ring. I was so impressed in how fast he made my ring. He was worried that the gold finish was going to rub off or chip. To his amazement it didn’t and when he shined it up it was beautiful. I love my ring and it will be such a conversation piece. : )

    Thank you again Anthony ; )

  2. brian says:

    Hi – I am trying to track him down to get another piece made..Do you have an email? His number doesnt seem to be working?

  3. milana says:

    I purchased a fork bracelet from him in New Orleans and would like to purchase another for family and friends. Could you tell me how to locate him in NYC? Thanks!

  4. admin says:

    Unfortunately we are not in touch with Anthony The Forkologist. He seems to have a true Natural Born Vagabond spirit and is not tied to any place. When we see him next time we will sure ask for the contact info to post here.

  5. Natasha says:

    He got in touch with me and will hopefully be selling on Saturdays through Nov. 9 at Ft. Greene Park’s Artisan-Market in Brooklyn. Come on over.

  6. admin says:

    That sounds great! Thanks for the info, Natasha :-)

  7. Tara Smith says:

    Hi, everyone:

    I am Tara Smith, Anthony McCann ex-girlfriend. Anthony McCann is a great artist but I want to make the record clear that he learned his craft through my father and mother, Alvin & Shirley Smith of Art and Soul Jewelry in Phoenix, Az in 1989. They started their business in 1972. I wanted him to join my family business in Phoenix, Az. My parents are retired at the age of 74 and doing jewelry shows until this day at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Anthony McCann and I started Funky Fork Silver in Phoenix, Az. We started in Paradise Valley in this beautiful condo. He also won in 1989 New Times Free Magazine Best of Jewelry made in 5 minutes. The issued was publised on my birthday, September 28. Anthony McCann is one of my father’s students. Alvin W. Smith, is nickname is “Veno” is also known for his teaching and work in California and Arizona. If anyone would like to purchase any items feel free to call (480) 295-6459 and ask for Alvin and Shirley Smith of Art and Soul Jewelry. They are listed on http://www.manta.com.

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