Joe Diemer: Hand Made Bird Cages

The Painless Appeal of Stainless Steel

Website: J. Diemer Artisanry

Stainless steel is now 100 years old, and has many industrial accomplishments under its belt due to its strength, beauty, and stainlessness. Yet it remains an elusive medium to many artisans because of perceived challenges (such as the cost and skill of TIG welding). This is a shame since it pairs so well with glass, wood, and textiles - and is truly beautiful on its own.

Joe Diemer has a metalworking shop in the southeast industrial district of Portland where he makes fantasy birdcages and other wire goods for home and battle. His aesthetic is elaborate and curvilinear, referencing bygone eras and cultures. His background is in construction, illustration, and skateboarding. Joe is a member of SNAG, the Society of North American Goldsmiths.