Thanks to Instagram, it’s never been easier for designers, engineers, makers, and just about anybody else who makes something document their creative process. For some of us, it can be educational content—while for others, it can be a way to live through a highly-skilled craftsman vicariously for a few seconds a day.

G. Phil Poirier is one of those guys.

A master gem cutter and Goldsmith, Poirier handcrafts Damascus Stainless Steel and 18K Gold objects using an ancient technique known as Damascene, which dates back to 700 a.d.

The Damascene process consists of welding two different alloys of steel and iron, folding and welding again many times to develop numerous layers. These layers, when revealed by etching, form an aesthetic, undulating pattern on the metal surface.

On his personal Instagram account, Poirier documents various steps of his creative process with a focus on a step that many of us rarely ever see done up-close on a lathe: ornamental turning:

Be sure to check out the rest of Poirier’s impressive turning videos by following him over on Instagram.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.