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My earliest influence and exposure to the art of blacksmithing was as a child watching T.V. westerns limited as it was. I also grew up in a three story federal style house with iron work trim and accents which peaked my interest. I became fascinated with shaping metal.
Our High School not having a much in the way of a art program during a session with the Junior High guidance counselor on the subject of college prep I decided to enroll in welding at the the County Votech . After High School I enlisted in the Navy as a Hull Tech / Ship fitter. But prior to leaving for boot camp the summer of 1976 my family attendee the Bi-Centennial Celebration at Harpers Ferry, W.V. I spent most the day there watching the blacksmith demonstration. It had me hooked.
Twenty some years later after four years in the Navy , eighteen years working for the Dept of Army at the Letterkenny Army Depot . The Base…

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  • Born on June 22
  • Joined December 2, 2009

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My earliest influence and exposure to the art of blacksmithing was as a child watching T.V. westerns limited as it was. I also grew up in a three story federal style house with iron work trim and accents which peaked my interest. I became fascinated with shaping metal.
Our High School not having a much in the way of a art program during a session with the Junior High guidance counselor on the subject of college prep I decided to enroll in welding at the the County Votech . After High School I enlisted in the Navy as a Hull Tech / Ship fitter. But prior to leaving for boot camp the summer of 1976 my family attendee the Bi-Centennial Celebration at Harpers Ferry, W.V. I spent most the day there watching the blacksmith demonstration. It had me hooked.
Twenty some years later after four years in the Navy , eighteen years working for the Dept of Army at the Letterkenny Army Depot . The Base Realignment and Closure Committee happens I accepted a buy out and training funds which I invested at the John C. Campbell Folk Art School.
In 1997 I found myself in New Market Al. starting out as a stay at home dad and blacksmith. I started out selling at local markets and craft shows in the North Al and South TN.
When I first started I was making and selling mostly Sheppard hooks and rose arbors. I have increased my inventory and skill level. When I began I depended on my experience as a fabricator which still comes in handy. Along the way I have made the transition from well built to well crafted.
I employ basic blacksmithing techniques of forging and joinery incorporating what is considered modern welding practices . When I do employ other than traditional method of joinery I identify the process and do not pass work off as period or classical work that is not.
I no longer build rose arbors and have nearly phased out Sheppard hook. I craft pot racks , trivets, wall racks & hooks ,candle holders and candelabras.
My vision is to further refine my art. I especially enjoy custom work in collaboration with a client where I am a conduit to bring their vision to reality.
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I am currently a exhibiting member of the Huntsville art League.
Former forge Master , Huntsville Forge of the Alabama Forge Council
Member of North Eastern Alabama Craftsmen Association
Alabama Designer Craftsman

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