I have worked as a metal fabricator for over 20 years, doing mostly commissioned architectural metal work. In 2016 I started allowing myself time to play in my own metal studio and have started to make small metal wares. This has been an exciting opportunity to expand my creativity and joy in my work, as well as show my community more possibilities of not only what I can do, but also what the material and craft can do. I love it’s unique history that incorporates designing and building for a participant that will be another intimate owner and user of the piece, and carrying on the folk tradition of working certain materials and tools by hand. I’m driven by the challenge of creating a peaceful and inspiring daily life for me and hopefully for those around me. I gravitate toward using materials that are simple, such as brass, copper, steel, and reclaimed hardwoods, as opposed to more ornate precious metals. I use a combination of traditional hand working craft techniques and the use of vintage industrial machines to hammer forge, shape, mill, lathe, file, rivet, and sand, to name a few processes.