Bob's pieces are often about giving a new life to ordinary objects. He is the godfather of jewelry made from found objects. I was lucky to have Bob as a professor at East Carolina University when I was doing my B.F.A. He is without a doubt one of the most caring, thoughtful people I have ever meet. Learning from Bob was truly an energetic experience. I remember how fast he would race around the studio, he was hard to keep up with even as a student in my 20's. Bob has a knack for inspiring the people around him, in and out of the classroom.
You may find him teaching workshops outside of ECU. I strongly encourage those of you studying jewelry to look him up on google. He is an icon and a valuable resource who loves helping people.
Here are some links to check out-
Robert Ebendorf on wikipedia
Smithsonian Resource Library Magazine
ECU News Bureau
Interview - Archives of American Art
Robert Ebendorf is an inductee of the National Metalsmiths Hall of Fame
He is a founding member of The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)
A video interview with Bob from NC Arts