I have had minimal formal education in smithing. When I started there were few schools to attend. But I know how to learn on my own. By the 1980’s various craft schools had started classes, and I have taught in many of them. By 2000, I was tired of creating for others and began to explore my own images. The White Oak Forge is a working smithy these last 45 years; it is dirty and fascinating. It is the current iteration of a craft that stretches back 10,000 years. What you see in my forge and on my grounds is almost where I am.
All work featured in this exhibition are created with various kinds of iron, one utilizes gold leaf paint, and all indoor pieces are finished with two coats of hard wax for durability. As these are all indoor pieces, the bottoms are finished with felt to prevent scratching any surface they rest upon.