aBOVE: gATE,  hYATT rEGENCY hOTEL   WICHITA, ks

 

 

ARTIST BIO

My inspiration to be a blacksmith came from reading Alex Bealer’s book “The Art of Blacksmithing”.  In the summer of 1982 I met a gentleman who had taken a weekend class at John C. Campbell Folkschool. In the spring of 1983 I was headed to Brasstown for my first class. I owe being a blacksmith to my wife, Katrina, who pushed me to take that first class, even though we could ill afford it at the time. I was so sure I wanted to be a blacksmith that my wife and I built a blacksmith shop before I had taken my first class. That first class was a revelation and I caught on to it quickly. Arriving home after that class, with a borrowed anvil and forge, a hammer and pair of tongs I made in the class, in my new shop, I was a fulltime blacksmith. After four more two week classes at Campbell, I taught my first class there in 1986. Except for four years in the ‘90’s, I have taught a class there every year since.

Taking factory-made steel bars and plate, and using heat, hammer and anvil, turning it into something that is organic and lifelike, is a thrill and a privilege I have enjoyed for the past 33 years. Nature is an endless source of inspiration for my work. My work consists of commissions for public art, businesses, and homeowners.

My wife and I moved to Brasstown in 1990 from Michigan and I have operated my blacksmith shop, Miller Forge, there since.

I graduated from Michigan State University in 1966 with a B.A. in business administration. I spent two years in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970 in Germany.  Returning from the service I spent the next 13 years working a variety of jobs that were mostly unsatisfying. I had worked as a machinist, commercial refrigeration store manager, house painter, fruit farmer, carpenter, heavy equipment operator, liquor store clerk, and probably others.

 

RESIDENTIAL aRT

bELOW: fIREPLACE SCREENS (RESIDENCE)


 

bELOW:  tABLE, sIDETABLE, CHAIR

          Chair with leaves

 

Long Table

Large square table

 

BELOW:  DOOR LATCHES

Cabinet and Door pull

Stair Railings

 



 

Headboard for Bed

 

BELOW: OAKLEAF VANITY WITH KITTEN    OAKLEAF VANITY WITH OWL

Unique VaniityUnique Vanity 2

BELOW: FLYING FISH

Flying fish

 

 

 

 

BELOW: GRIFON WEATHER VANE

"Griffin Weathervane

cOMMERCIAL/PUBLIC ART

BELOW: PUBLIC ART AT BANK OF AMERICA, CHARLOTTE, NC

 
 

BELOW: ONE OF THREE:  FIRST CITIZENS BANK PEACHTREE, HIGHLANDS, AND ASHEVILLE

 


BELOW: GATE, HYATT REGENCY HOTEL WITCHITA, KS


Gate with scrolls  
BELOW: URBAN TRAIL, ASHEVILLE, NC
Archway