The Timekeeper

For watchmaker Semyon Ilyashov, the more complicated the watch, the greater the challenge. Hard work and a passion for learning all there is to know about watches has lead Semyon to become a master of his craft. In a day and age where true watchmakers are few and far between, we were honored and inspired to have spent time with him behind the counter.

       
     
ARC

Using recycled materials whenever possible, local welder and entrepreneur Ellie Shepley handcrafts art and custom-made pieces out of metal for both residential and commercial clients. Located in South City in St. Louis, MO, she is truly an artist dedicated to her passion.

       
     
MWANZI

St. Louis furniture builder Jermain Todd crafts beautiful industrial pieces in his studio at a converted brewery space.

Awards: 2015 St. Louis ADDY Judges Citation, 2015 St. Louis Gold ADDY - Cinematography, 2015 St. Louis Gold ADDY - Single Medium Campaign

       
     
Sump Motorcycle (Director's Cut)

This is the extended version of our film about Sump Motorcycle and Mike Henneberry. You may have seen this one projected on the side of Schlafly's Taproom or through the Kick-It Vintage grapevine. All the same vibe as before, just twice as long!

Contact Mike through sumpmotorcycle.com
Music by Stonewall Frequency reverbnation.com/StonewallFrequency
And, as always, check out more of our work at stlouisspotlight.com and oncefilms.com

       
     
Tattoo

After years of studying a range of tattoo styles, Sean Baltzell opened up his own shop and has been inking classic images at Tower Tattoo. His shop is a menagerie of taxidermy and nostalgic designs and his clients are walking canvases. Sean loves what he does, and it's intoxicating. A lot of people come back for more tattoos...we can't help but return with our cameras...

       
     
Stone

St. Louis stone carver Abraham Mohler does amazing work in his Soulard studio. Chips fly and dust hangs in the air as chunks of rock are brought to life.

       
     
Signs

The second film in our Spotlight Series, come ride along with St Louis local Phil Jarvis. Sure he is a classically trained painter, but he is in high demand doing hand-lettered sign work for business that want that one-off artisan look and feel. Cafes, tattoo shops, tailors, the list is long. Fascinating to watch, Phil is one interesting dude!

       
     
Bob the Baker

Bob the Baker is the first film in our Spotlight Series. It's a celebration of St. Louis small businesses that exude authentic character and a passion for their craft. Bob and the Carondelet Bakery in St. Louis, has been baking bread for over 47 years. He started when he was 13. Bob is currently trying to sell his space to a new baker so he can retire.