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CoalIron.com & CoalHandmade [!at] gmail.com

I am passionate about God and his love for the poor - whether it be those who are poverty stricken or poor in spirit. It's drawn me in to make portraits of people that are left out or that ran out. Confused about, everything. Jesus is sometimes the only person left loving these people and I want you and them to know that, someone is still there and you will never be alone.
I've always made stuff. I made my first forge and started shaping steel when I was 11 entirely by myself. I love pouring over old literature about making things. From a time when you weren't given a "Kit" you made the kit. Handmade tools and machines just get me so pumped. Check out some old water-powered helve-hammers. Blacksmiths would take entire tree trunks and made massive hammers that could move large chunks of steel faster…

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  • Joined February 24, 2011

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Hickory, Steel, Fire

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About

CoalIron.com & CoalHandmade [!at] gmail.com

I am passionate about God and his love for the poor - whether it be those who are poverty stricken or poor in spirit. It's drawn me in to make portraits of people that are left out or that ran out. Confused about, everything. Jesus is sometimes the only person left loving these people and I want you and them to know that, someone is still there and you will never be alone.
I've always made stuff. I made my first forge and started shaping steel when I was 11 entirely by myself. I love pouring over old literature about making things. From a time when you weren't given a "Kit" you made the kit. Handmade tools and machines just get me so pumped. Check out some old water-powered helve-hammers. Blacksmiths would take entire tree trunks and made massive hammers that could move large chunks of steel faster than they could. That's ingenuity, and I don't want to ever see that go away.
Sometimes artists do influence me, but more than that people that are super creative influence me. People that can take sticks and build a house, or scraps of steel and make a motorcycle. I just love creativity and passion. I have relation that years and years ago planted an entire apple orchard with spoons and seeds from apples they'd eaten.
I make everything I possibly can by hand. I work pretty slow and sometimes its super cumbersome. I'd love to have some machines to help but then I remember how tangible my blood sweat and anguish is to someone that is going to be taking this work home. I want them to feel my passion when they touch something I've done. The only way to do that is to be touching it the entire time I'm working on it!
Creation is what I think the point of life is, God placed this incredible amount of creativity and drive in us. I think anything that has been made is some kind of art. I just prefer the kind that is simple and takes considerable labor.
The style of my art is kind of simple, its popular right now to like old things. I was raised with the old way of doing things, surrounded by antique machinery so I get why it's so popular. There's a story in the rust and the dirt.

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