As a blacksmith, I take a raw piece of metal and manipulate it with a hammer and anvil into a viable form. Iron that is placed in a gas or coal forge and heated to what is termed “red hot” at around 2000 degrees, is easily shaped using various hammers or other shaping tools. I utilize texture and shape to acquire an organic appearance in my work that is aesthetically pleasing as well as eminently functional. My completed work may be hammered from one piece of metal with no breaks or have individual components that are formed and then joined to produce the desired effect. I sometimes incorporate hand worked wood, glass, copper or stone into a design to contribute to its natural beauty.