Bill Jordan hails from his home town of Marshfield, Massachusetts. A classic New England coastal town just south of Boston, where he spent much of his teen years working in his father’s drug store “The Family Pharmacy.” Family has always been a large part of his life and true inspiration that helped him to develop his first love…wood crafting.
As so many lives have, through the years Bill’s adventure took many interesting twists and turns where he settled in Pembroke, Massachusetts. He became involved in the local government there and served on the Planning Board for a number of years as well as the Industrial Development Commission. In 1982 he was one of eight recipients in the State to receive Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award, and Pembroke’s Historical Commission Citizen of the Year Award in 1981. From 1982 thru 1984 he served as President of the Pembroke Lions Club and in 1987 built the Harry M. Woods Memorial Bandstand for the towns 275th Anniversary Committee. Bill currently resides in Fort Myers, Florida where he is no longer a snowbird however, he never forgot his first love, working with wood.
In 1992 Bill’s passion for woodworking sparked in him a fascination with shell art and the octagonal wooden display cases which are a hallmark of the Sailor’s Valentine. Bill began handcrafting his own line of authentic wooden display cases made from some of the very same woods used in the original designs from the 1800’s. Today, discriminating shell artists prefer to house their shell art masterpieces in his Valentine cases, to not only protect and preserve their fragile designs, but to add yet another dimension of fine craftsmanship and beauty to their own work.
Now, in addition to his wooden Sailors’ Valentine cases, Bill has added his own unique shell art interpretation to his collections with his exquisitely detailed shell mosaics which are encased within antique pocket watches. Bill has married his historic fascination with preserving history with his passion of creating his own unique style but re-engineering a work of art that displays the sheer nature of the overall design by enabling the beauty to be showcased in the wonderful marvels of a pocket watch.
These works of art can be displayed and are often worn as pendants. Bills shell art pocket watch pendants, along with his 1800`s style Sailors’ Valentines and Shell Art Miniatures have been recognized as “Best in Show” awards in such prestigious shell art shows as the Astronaut Trail Shell Show (Melbourne FL), Sanibel Shell Fair (Sanibel, FL), Sarasota Shell Show (Sarasota, FL) and Philadelphia Shell Club (Philadelphia, PA). The Sanibel Shell Fair is touted as one of the top shell art exhibits in the U.S. and holds one of the country’s most prestigious juried shows.