Sanford Edaakie was born on 01/01/1963. Sanford is one of three sons of Nancy and Dennis Edaakie; all three sons are jewelers. Dennis is credited as the “inventor” of the overlay-inlay technique. Sanford has become known for finely detailed bird imagery on pieces made in this overlay inlay technique. The word ‘inlay’ refers to the fabrication method originated by the Zuni of cutting and fitting stones together to form a design or pattern.