Having grown up in a creative household - blacksmith father, textile artist mother -Zach has always been engaged with the making of things both practical and artistic. He started blacksmithing after watching his dad at work in the backyard and during high school began receiving commissions that I executed after hundreds of hours in his shop. This has been his avocation and livelihood ever since."I love the directness of smithing. It’s truly a spontaneous, hands-on process that yields immediate and tangible results. The history is fascinating, and I’m very pleased that more people are rediscovering and appreciating this ancient craft. "
Scrolls, spirals, tapers. The language is archetypal and universal, describing truths about ourselves - DNA, patterns in nature and the universe. The forge is indeed a microcosm of the universe. All four elements are present - earth, water, fire and air. It is the job of the smith to balance all of these elements, then add to that his creativity and muscle to breathe life into the iron.