HARRY POTTER is a master of the antique hammer.
He is also a master at nail art, and he’s got a knack for creating some of the most iconic pieces of antique nail painting.
When he was a young man, Potter was a student at the University of Waterloo in Ontario.
He spent a lot of time at the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), which is now the University at Buffalo.
Potter had a big passion for making and repairing old tools.
He had his own workshop, a shop in Niagara Falls, and a collection of vintage tools.
It was during his time at CEAS that Potter met the beautiful Marie Pottle.
“Marie was a very lovely young woman,” says Potter.
“She had a really lovely life, and she just happened to be interested in the art of making nails.”
Potter’s first attempt at making nail art was a little bit of a mess.
He used a hammer that had a single edge on it.
“The nail had a groove in it,” he says.
“And so I just started to use a hammer with a single notch.”
But that’s not all.
As a student, he spent lots of time doing repairs on his hammer.
“I just couldn’t get over the fact that it was not just a nail,” he recalls.
“It was a hammer.
And so I used that to fix the edge, and then I got very good at fixing it.”
Pottle was one of the first people to have a hammer in their home.
It was the time of the Great Depression, and it wasn’t long before she became one of Potter’s best customers.
She would repair his hammer and, if she was lucky, it would be his new favorite piece of furniture.
In the late 1930s, she and Potter were friends.
But things got a little messy.
During the Depression, Marie was unemployed.
The Depression, the Great Recession, and the death of her husband left Potter and his wife in a desperate financial situation.
Marie was desperate for money and Potter was desperate to get it.
In fact, he said he could never afford to buy anything anymore.
Marie wanted Potter to make her something to hold onto.
She wanted to be able to show it off to her friends.
So Marie bought him a piece of metal.
Marie bought Potter a hammer, and they had a relationship.
“At first she didn’t care what he made,” says Marie.
“But once she got it, she became a very, very loyal customer.
She bought his hammer.”
Marie began to work with Potter to design the first of many nail art pieces.
They made one called “Nail.”
“Nail” is a classic.
The nail is a small, thin piece of wood with a curved tip.
It’s decorated with little dots, hearts, and hearts, a design that Potter has continued to do.
He says, “I would say it’s like a medieval nail painting.”
The piece that he did was a masterpiece.
He said that it’s the most intricate nail painting he’s ever made.
It is the work of art that Marie Poulter created in her living room.
“When you look at it, you’re like, wow, it’s so beautiful,” says Potter.
“You feel like you’ve got something special.”
He and Marie had a huge passion for the nail.
They even began to paint their own nails.
“We would go to the nail shop and I would paint my nails, and I’d give Marie the little pieces and then she’d give me the larger pieces,” says Poulster.
“Then we would have dinner and we would paint the nails.”
Marie also started making her own nails, including her own “Poker’s Nail,” which was a special item she had purchased for Marie that year.
“Marie had a beautiful, beautiful manicure,” says Harry Potter.
The two of them began to make their own nail art together, and one day, they decided to get married.
Marie had her nails done in the middle of the night and she said she wanted to do a nail art for Harry Potter, who was sleeping.
Potters nail art turned out to be a great hit with Marie.
She says, Marie gave him an amazing gift.
“If you look closely, you can see that the nail is carved with a beautiful design,” says James Potter.