Blacksmithing As Art
When one thinks of steel, one often envisions something cold, black, and utilitarian.  Because of steel's inherent strength and durabilty it can be cut, welded, and shaped into useful things ranging from safety pins to bridges. But under the care of able and knowledgable hands, steel can be transformed into art!  Because of its inherent strength and durability, it can be transformed into art that is not only beautiful, but also useful and long-lived.  
In the hands of a master, a beautiful range of colors can be teased out of steel through tempering.  This is an important and permanent part of my art. Each piece is custom tempered from a palette that ranges from light wheat, to coffee, iridescent purple, royal blue, polished silver, to classic black.     

As a Master Smith, I also work with copper, brass, and even stainless steel. Each metal has its unique qualities that I fully exploit!
Occasionally I use paint as a patina, baked on for permanence and durability.  'Rock Lobster' here won Honorable Mention at the 2014 Purcellville Art and Music Festival and Best 3D artwork. 
Rock Lobster - 'Down . . . down . . .Rock Lobster'.  Horseshoes, horseshoe nails, and a few steel odds-and-ends, and this crustacean will scuttle across your floors. Red paint has been baked on to ensure durability.  15" long x 12" at the claws -  $125
Lucky 4 Leaf Clover - Race horse steel training plates have been artfully arranged, welded, and polished with jeweler's rouge to a cool pewter color.  Grace the front of your barn, or the main door to your house with the "luck of the Irish".  Measures 15" in height, 11 1/4" in width  -  $55
Royal Blue 4 Leaf Clover - Race horse steel training plates artfully arranged and welded. The steel has been tempered to a deep royal blue color. Grace the front of your barn, or the main door of your house with the "luck of the Irish".  Measures 12 1/4" in height and 10" in width  -  $60
Silver Western 'Welcome' Coat Rack - Dutch steel horseshoes have been artfully arranged and welded together to create a welcoming and functional art piece for your entryway.  The shoes have been acid etched, and then polished to a soft silver color.  26" x 7" with 6 hooks, and 4 predrilled holes to safely secure it to your wall  -  $135
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True Blue Crab - The steel of this whimsical beautiful swimmer has been tempered to marine and sapphire tones to replicate Maryland's famous blue crabs  -  $55
Coffee Colored Banana Holder - Elegantly arched and perfectly balanced to hold your bananas as they ripen to perfection.   The steel has been tempered to a warm coffee color  -  $35
Classic Banana Holder - Elegantly arched and perfectly balanced to hold your bananas as they ripen to perfection -  $35
Each piece is custom made, tailored to your taste and needs.  Please contact me before ordering.
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These banana holders look terrific anywhere! 
This horseshoe key ring holder would grace any wall!  Copper and leather horseshoe necklace courtesy of Annie Designs.
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Classic Key Ring Holder - This full-crease trailered hind shoe creates the perfect form to organize your keys.  Six horse shoe nails provide ample space to hang your keys.  Two hole are predrilled to securely fasten your holder to any wall -  $30
These are instant classics on any door!
Classic Door Wreath - a lucky dozen Dutch horseshoes expertly arranged and solidly welded together.  With the welds tucked away on the back, the wreath appears weightless.  Intertwine with pine boughs at Christmas time, or red, white, and blue bunting for the 4th of July.  Protective coating guarantees it will weather well for years and years.    Approximately 21 1/2" in diameter - $95
Silver Key Ring Holder - In classic Western silver color, this full-crease trailered hind shoe creates the perfect form to organize your keys.  Six horse shoe nails provide ample space to hang your keys.  Two hole are predrilled to securely fasten your holder to any wall -  $30
'Lucy in the sky with diamonds . . . a girl with kaleidoscope eyes'.  This piece, with its tempered kaleidoscope of colors would grace any garden including Lucy's. 
Lucy-In-The-Sky Garden Butterfly - Steel race horse training plates create this stunning and elegant butterfly.  Canted at slight angles, she appears to be flitting to the next flower in your garden.  Her body is a sunny silver color, and her wing tips have been permanently tempered to a rainbow of colors that accents all the flowers in your garden.  About 11" in width, 12'' in length with a 32" rod to secure it to your garden - $75
**Award Winning Artist  **
Copper Sun Mirror - Pounds of raw copper have been expertly wrought into ten full-sized trailered horseshoes lovingly arranged around a mirror. One cannot help but see this above a fireplace or other prominent wall in your home. Being compose of copper, this piece of art will get more beautiful with time as its natural patina deepens.  Approximately 16" in diameter and weighs about 10 lbs.  - $425
Solid Copper Horseshoe Wreath - Five pounds of raw copper have been magnificently fashioned into this ring of full-sized handmade horseshoes. A stunning addition to any door or wall, in your home or barn. Interlace with pine boughs for Christmas.  Approximately 16" in diameter and 5 lbs - $195