Q: What are the best parts of the job?
A: I enjoy designing things, and finishing a job is always satisfactory. But sometimes there are a lot of struggles in between.
Q: What do you do when you make a mistake?
A: Start over.
Q: What got you interested in this?
A: I grew up in Baltimore. When I was in junior high, we took a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, and I was fascinated by the men who were demonstrating blacksmithing. I went home and built a forge in our back yard. My dad wouldn’t let me use cement because he didn’t want it to be permanent, so I used mud between the bricks. It would fall apart in the winter, so every spring I had to rebuild it.
Q: What were your other youthful passions?
A: Art and woodworking. I also was very interested in glassblowing — I think there’s something about me and fire — but you can’t go home and do glassblowing in your back yard.
Q: Having grown up in Baltimore, how did you end up in this part of the country?
A: Kitty (Catherine) is from Minneapolis. She remembered Stillwater as being very beautiful — which it is. But it’s also very expensive. We just kept moving down the river until we found a place we could afford to live.
Q: What motivates you?
A: I’m always trying to do something that I haven’t done before. If something’s too easy, it’s not interesting.
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