Robert Taylor - Showing Artist
Coppersmith Robert Taylor is a Roycroft Master Artisan. He is one of only five Roycroft Master Coppersmith in the country to hold that title. On the bottom of each piece you will find two special marks, or stamps; one with his initials and one that denotes his work is made in the Roycroft style. Robert began working with metal as a blacksmith about 28 years ago. Through the years he has studied with many master blacksmiths from the United States and Europe. After seven years concentrating on iron as the medium of choice, Robert was introduced to copper which he fell in love with. Robert started coppersmithing by making different whimsical critters and weather vanes. There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.
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Allan Kress - Showing Artist
Allanís work is hand forged, usually in a gas forge. Inspired by nature, the work has an organic feel to it and occasionally a sense of humor. Being a practical person himself, Allan likes to add an element of functionality to the work when possible. Garden windvanes are a recent
customer favorite. Allan
combines forged steel and chiseled copper with a perfect balance point to create a unique wind vane form. When teaching at John C. Campbell Folk School and demonstrating at various conferences, he engages everyone from the beginner to the Master Blacksmith. As an active member of the Alabama Forge Council, Allan served as President from 2003 to 2005 and is currently on the building committee. There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.
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