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Spring 2015

I drive home from the Valley, and a spontaneous St. Patrick's Day feast, and a fox crosses my path going west. A skunk heads east and then thinks better of it.

As I head north, in the morning, a twitchy, fur-less, moose trots in front of me, a bald eagle glides above my open sunroof, its shadow showing itself first. A flock of trumpeter swans take-off, a herd of elk turn toward the hills, a raven makes-off with something round and white in her beak, a magpie sits upon the back of a pastured horse, flocks of water fowl are bottoms up in the marsh, and a deer swims the Snake River with a right sizable herd watching, rapt, upon the other shore. This is my answer. Along with the mountains, the black silk parasol of stars, the horizon line, and people who inquire. This is today's answer; my current reason for being here, in Lincoln County, Wyoming, two thousand miles from my backstory.

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October 2014

"Life is a great adventure… Accept it in such a spirit."
- Theodore Roosevelt

So, it is in just that spirit that METAL began its Great Adventure- creating its hub in Wyoming (not to alarm, we maintain our clients from coast to coast as we always have but we are now anchored in The Equality State with privileges on each side of The Continental Divide).

Opportunities arrive in strange and fortuitous ways and now, along with renewed possibilities for creativity and business, we have an exceptional geography to reside in that allows John and myself to enjoy access to environments that compel and inspire us via a confluence of rivers, mountains, state parks, and wide open spaces.

Thirty minutes south of Jackson, Wyoming (a haven of art, design and architecture, galleries and even The National Museum of Wildlife Art), in 6,000 square feet of studio/shop space, surrounded by mountains in the lush Star Valley, you can find us, designing and fabricating, and cultivating new collaborations along with nurturing the ones that have sustained us for all of these years.

To all of our clients and friends, for all of the opportunities, prior and current, we are tremendously grateful. For your trust, business, and interest we continue to be appreciative and energized.

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Autumn Turn

I love road trips. Unlike flying in commercial aircraft, (which to me is akin to being enclosed in a Thermos bottle- vacuum sealed and with no true connection to place or the space between places) navigating the roads and exchanging with beings along the way is liberating and enlivening.

Danny Kaye said that, "... to travel is to take a journey into yourself", and it is so.

This week, after a sixteen hundred and some odd mile trek, I find myself under a vast sky that seems to me to invite promise; abreast mountains which encourage my resourcefulness; beside rivers that run so cold and so fast that I am encouraged to, as my grandmother would say, "Keep my wits about me".

Examined or unexamined, a life moves swiftly, and, yes, sometimes cold, but greater respect for, and interaction with nature keeps this wanderer untroubled. By both looking up, looking out, and connecting to people and places with an unaffected exuberance, I find the swiftness dulled and any lingering "cold" banished.

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