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Frank Turley Biography and Gallery of Work

Early style hasp and heavy bolt with padlock hole.
Graphic FRANK Turley came to blacksmithing through the back door of farriery. He began shoeing in the early 1960's under the tutelage of Al Kremen, in Rolling Hills, California. He soon settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and as he began work, he found that he was beginning to take occasional orders for fireplace tools, screens, and branding irons. Turley eventually left the horses behind as he took on more blacksmithing jobs, especially those in architectural hardware, ornamental work, and in the forging of tools. He studied and worked part time for a while with master smith, Victor Vera. Turley also worked part time as a Museum of New Mexico conservator, where he was able to study early Southwestern Hispanic ironwork. This interest gave rise to a co-authored book with Marc Simmons, "Southwestern Colonial Ironwork" first published in 1980 and reprinted in 2007.

Sinusoidal Stake made from a "spud wrench" for a Santa Fe metal artist.
Graphic T URLEY NOTED that in the horse oriented magazines, at least 10 horseshoeing schools were advertised in each issue, but that there were no blacksmithing schools. This gave him the idea to open such a school, which he did in 1970. His students were learning about him through Stewart Brand's popular "Whole Earth Catalog." In the same year, Alex Bealer published "The Art of Blacksmithing." Bealer's book and Turley's school helped to foster a resuscitation of blacksmithing in the U.S.

Hi-Res Flash Slide Show. Work by Frank Turley
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