Last weekend we traveled to the Penland School of Crafts to honor artist and educator L. Brent Kington. In 1970 Brent hosted the first university blacksmithing conference and established the only university program in blacksmithing at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. I am among many graduates who owe their education to Brent and continue to be inspired by his words and work. Visit a current retrospective of his iron at the Illinois State Museum:

L. Brent Kington: Mythic Metalsmith