Sometimes the work may take the form of a memorial bench, fence, or sculpture, and sometimes my work is spontaneous, fluid, and simply made for the joy of creating it.
Railings, unique fireplace additions, hand-forged light fixtures and other home décor is an inspiring process that builds relationships and adds to the quality of life of those who commission Tall Grass Forge.
I join different elements of woodworking and the blacksmithing craft together, integrating artistic vision and utilitarian purpose so that every piece has integrity, symmetry and beauty.
"I enjoy exploring because I never know who I might meet or what I might find. I go to scrap yards and farms and find unique pieces and rescue them and learn about their history. Then I take that piece and make it into something that is either functional or artistic. I see an old piece of iron that was designed to do a certain function and see it growing into another direction. By using the object or by changing it with fire, the anvil, a hammer, and a welder, a new direction and life come into being. Sometimes by letting the metal do what it wants to do, surprising outcomes come to life through texturing, shaping, and adding other elements, Through the process, the shapes and angles lend themselves to the imagination, the Kansas landscape, faces, birds, and other natural elements. Other times, I go get new iron and make a bird or heron sculpture or a quality hand railing that is made to enhance the natural beauty of a client’s home or garden.
Meeting new people, seeing new places, finding new things, and discovering new ideas. The main objective is to create a long-lasting statement of beauty for each client. Sometimes the work may take the form of a memorial bench, fence, or sculpture, and sometimes my work is spontaneous, fluid, and simply made for the joy of creating it."
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