Do you have a rich friend who collects western art? When you visit their upscale home, you probably stand in front of a beautiful stone fireplace talking about the bronze bowl or wildlife statue displayed on the expensive oak mantel. Your host lovingly describes how he or she discovered their treasure in an upscale Loveland, Colorado or Taos, New Mexico art gallery. You listen patiently while they recite the artist's biography and describe in detail other works by the same artist. You want to ask, but good manners prevent you from inquiring about how much they paid. Little do they know that their expensive treasure was probably brought to life in a one-man bronze foundry on the High Plateau?
The guy who brings these works-of-art to life is a good friend who joins us regularly on the porch to eat dinner and share stories. Dangerous, Utah, and Fremont call him Mike, but I know that isn't his real name. Years back I understand he went by Hot-Metal-Man, but the years piled up, so Bronze-Age-Man probably fits better today. Whatever the name, Mike always has a kind word and friendly pat for me.
From the looks of the place, you might question the quality of Mike's finished products. So, to convince you that Backyard Bronze produces quality western art, I have attached an accompanying blog which includes a short picture gallery of Mike's work. Keep an eye open when visiting Santa Fe, Taos, or Boulder. You might stumble into an upscale art gallery features Mike's work. You probably won't know he produced it because the original artist gets all the credit. Break out the old credit card and buy one. You can help keep Mike in business, so we will have some place to go on rainy, cold afternoons. Love to hear from you!
PS Dangerous won't be around for a few days to type for me, so I won't be sharing any High Plateau tales with you until he gets back. He has to work a few days to pay for Trea's new kichen.