The Native Blacksmith
Brown’s blacksmith shop is located on the Taos Pueblo in Northern New Mexico, which allows him the freedom to use coal instead of gas to keep his anvil warm, because of the lax pueblo regulations. Furthermore, the physical endurance required to forge iron and crude metals into pieces of art is relentless, to say the least. Brown needs to be quick and precise, having just a short window of time to forge artistic shapes from a piece of searing hot iron.
Hours go by seamlessly as Brown works into the night. “I’m free to work when I start and I’m free to work until I’ve finished. I can work before the day starts or I can work almost before the night ends. I can work here in darkness, under the moon. I like that a lot,” said Brown.