I stood by a coal forge and built my first handmade horseshoe around 1970, and I've built a lot of them since. Along the way, I've built stuff for antique dealers who were missing an item from a set, done some fences and railings, and built a ton of hoofpicks for clients and friends. But I never really thought of myself as a blacksmith until about ten years ago, when I contracted some architectural work.
Since then, I've found myself more and more intrigued by working with iron, tin, silver, copper, bronze and all manner of metals. I do both architectural and artistic blacksmithing, but-as a lifelong horseman and farrier-I still focus primarily on building equestrian items: spurs, bits, hoofpicks, and such.