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I am a metal artist in Gainesville, FL that specializes in large scale public art and teaching hands on metalworking classes. My adventures in metal began at the University of Florida's Sculpture Program where I was given training and access to a wide variety of tools and techniques. After graduating I worked for a brief time as a hired welder, and eventually moved back to Gainesville to pursue a more creative carrier. My blacksmithing training began at Penland School of Craft, where I received a work study scholarship to attend a two week workshop in the Iron Studio. I caught the bug right away and began gathering tools to practice with and attending workshops whenever possible.

I now run a metal studio, where I work on public art projects and custom commissions for private homes and commercial spaces. Additionally, I am the owner and instructor of [Fe]ver Metal Art Center, which is a teaching shop that offers hands on blacksmithing and welding classes for individuals with no experience in the medium. 

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