Since 1998 the iron count in my blood has increased dramatically, for that was the year that I became infected with the glorious and incurable disease of metal working. I am a Blacksmith, the King of all Trades, as well as an internationally certified Welder and Artist. I received most of my formal training, as well as an Associates of Applied Science degree in Code Welding, from ACe. In 2002, while a student at ACC, I received a Federal Grant to further my welding studies in Koblenz, Germany, at the Handwerkskammer Metal und Technologiezentrum. This amazing experience gave me the opportunity to obtain seven different welding certifications (ISO-9606-1) in steel, aluminum, and stainless steel, all in pipe in the 45 degree position. I have also been trained in both contemporary and traditional Coppersmith at the CECATI #166 School in Santa Clara del Cobra, Michoacan, Mexico. My formal Blacksmith training comes from ACC' s own William Bastas, as well as from different smiths that I have worked with, and continue to work with over the years. I work with steel nearly every day and could not imagine doing anything else. The key, I think, to being happy in what one does for a living, is to keep it exciting and learn as much as you can about your craft, always strive to be better and don't ever think that you know all there is to know about what you do. Teaching Metalsmithing and Art Metals at ACC gives me the opportunity to spread a little of my passion and knowledge to both beginning and advanced Welding and Art Metals students, it also keeps me leaming.
2010 AMA Competition Piece