I have always considered craftsmanship synonymous with artistry. The devotion one has toward their medium, be it a charcoal, pastel paint, photography, forging metal, or woodworking, the end result and the attention to detail throughout the process is in itself, art. As long as I can remember, my favorite school subjects were history and art. Throughout grade school and junior high, I worked with several mediums that helped develop my artistic abilities but everything was impermanent. Paper wrinkled and creased, clay fractured and broke, paint runs, ink smudges and to get that perfect light for the perfect picture wasn't always in my control. My obsession with history always made me gravitate toward places and pieces of distinct culture and character. I loved ghost towns, abandoned mines and factories, historic industrial subdivisions and vintage heavy equipment. Within these places and pieces was permanence. There was a dedication to products because of the pride and ownership that the artist took in their craft. They had purpose and were built to last.
The dedication to my craft is to meld my two favorite subjects: history and art. Metal is my favorite medium as it is never finished until the artist decides it is finished. It can be cut, hammered, melted, welded, painted and ground down but the resulting piece is everlasting. It is both hard and soft, rigid and pliable. It requires a catalyst to morph making it an incredibly particular medium that is guaranteed to instill as much character in he who imparts the character in the piece. The versatility of steel is both rugged and beautiful and regardless of room motif, will pop and demand attention.
My aim is to source reclaimed hardwoods that withstood generations of toil and combine it with the beauty and permanence of steel. LoFaro Smithworks uses wood repurposed from barns, boxcars, barrels, freight packaging and many other industrial sources. Each dent, scuff, or stain, has a story. Where some people see imperfection, I see a fingerprint. Marks made by the hands of time make each piece unique and bear our brand as a sign of commitment to craftsmanship. I will continue to explore my artistic boundaries that challenge my creativity and craftsmanship and the possibilities that will arise from the fabrication of different materials. With each completed piece, I hope to share the evolution of my craft.