In Flanders Field

Graham Short

0.5-0.7cm in Diameter
A single pin head held in a poppy brooch.
Completely one-off.

Graham Short

Graham Short is a micro-artist, living and working in Birmingham. Known as “The Hands of Genius” for his miniature masterpieces.

He has spent over 50 years going to physical and mental extremes to produce the highest-quality hand engravings ever seen.

His Process

Working at midnight to avoid vibration from passing traffic, his right arm is strapped to the bench, allowing only his fingertips to move.

Every few months botox injections are administered around his eyes to keep the muscles and nerves rigid.

He takes tablets throughout the night to lower his heart-rate to 20 beats per minute – then using a stethoscope he monitors his heart and begins to engrave with very fine custom needles – between heartbeats!

His extreme way of working never ceases to amaze people! He is an obsessive – a one-off.


Hand engraved gold pin held in a poppy brooch is the famous poem John McCrae.

The words read;

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.”
The Hand engraved gold pin presented in a bespoke handmade observatory box with microscope to be able to view the work.
Image are for illustrative purposes only and may differ from the actual product. Please contact the gallery for further information.

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