Artist Statement 

                Blacksmithing has become very important to me. I learned early on the significance of the early Smith's and how society depended on them for everything made from metal.  Today, the influence has lessened, but only because people do not realize how versatile the skill is.  A renaissance is occurring and the need for it is returning.  Because of steel's qualities: strong long lasting, beauty, and the workability thereof, the art of Blacksmithing as a medium is moving ahead by leaps and bounds.  The work being done today by today’s Smith's rivals that of any classical artist.  The preservation and development of new Blacksmithing techniques has become major to me and that is why I like to teach the art, but I also like to learn from others.

“Nothing learned is a day wasted”

Jack and Seth Parks