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 Thomas Wooten: Master Blacksmith - Artist <br><small>Hand-forged Home and Garden Art</small>

Thomas Wooten:

Meet the Artist

About Tom the artist

Artists's Profile

I developed my passionate obsession for forging & shaping metal at the age of 13. Following the directions in a book, I began by making knives from saw blades, then advanced to Damascus steel. Staying in the world of metals, I worked as a machinist, tool & die maker in my 20’s. In 1980, I decided to pursue my artistic bent and make blacksmithing my full-time profession. Specializing in functional and decorative ironwork, I exhibited in juried craft shows in Baton Rouge, became a multi-time award winning artist, and demonstrated at the World’s Fair in New Orleans. In the summer of 1990, seeking solace from the summer heat, I travelled north to the cool, lush Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. I settled in Boone, where I began designing, prototyping and tool engineer for Charleston Forge Furniture Company.

In 1996, my wife Bonnie (a Graphic Illustrator) and I moved to the quaint, historic town of Todd, NC, where I hand-built my blacksmith studio. It sits nestled on a lush bank at the headwaters of Three Top Creek, which feeds into the ancient and protected New River. With the canopy of shade trees and the cool rushing stream, my shop never exceeds 76 degrees, even in July, and is perfect for forging. Now a full-time artist, I actively exhibit my metal work at regional Juried Fine Arts, Crafts and Garden Shows, and in Art Galleries.

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I label myself as a Blacksmith. I design and create hand-forged Home & Garden Decor, using traditional and modern blacksmithing techniques and tools, heated in fire, then forged and shaped on an anvil. Solid Steel, Copper and Bronze are my most commonly used metals. To enhance the forged elements, I often use wood and stone. I apply my own durable finishes & patinas, but for my products that are outdoors, year-round, a more weather-resistant finish, called powder-coat is applied. Each artistically unique original is made solely by myself, with hands-on quality workmanship, utmost attention to detail, and then stamped with my logo.

My Hand-forged Metal Product line includes: Shepherd’s Staff Plant Hangers in a variety of styles & sizes, Wall and Ceiling-Mount Brackets to hang them from, Copper Patina Flowerpots, Plant Stands, Wind Vanes, Furniture, Fireplace Tools, Sculpture and Architectural Hardware.

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Awards Honors and Awards


2021 - Honorable Mention Award, Art in the Park, Blowing Rock, NC.

2020 - Finalist in the Made in NC Awards for Home & Garden Art, Greensboro, NC.

2015 - Award of Merit, Art on the Green, Davidson, NC

2014 - Honorable Mention Award, Art in the Park, Blowing Rock, NC.

2013 - Award of Merit, The Art Market at Historic Honey Horn, Hilton Head Island, SC.

2013 - Award of Excellence-1st Place, Art in the Park, Blowing Rock, NC.

2012 - Honorable Mention Award, Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival, Murrells Inlet, SC.

2011 - Honorable Mention Award, Art in the Park, Blowing Rock, NC.

2011 - 2nd Place Award Booth Display, Flowertown Festival, Summerville, SC.

2010 - 1st Place Award Best Booth Display, Art in the Park, Blowing Rock, NC.

2008 - Honorable Mention Award, Church Street Art & Craft Show, Waynesville, NC.

2004 - Editor’s Choice Award, Home Decor Magazine at High Point, NC Furniture Market.

1997 - Chosen by Handmade in America, based in Asheville, to represent North Carolina Blacksmiths.

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