Galen Carpenter grew up in a small town in Kansas where he worked as a printer, contractor, and furniture restorer. Working in the print shop taught him how to use color, and he often adds rich turquoise, coral, or ebony to his turned wooden pieces.
Throughout his life, Bob Winston delighted in impersonating “San Francisco’s most professional eccentric” to promote his work. For example, he would spontaneously make jewelry before a crowd of people and dressed like a hippie before there was such a thing.
Frank Patania Jr. learned metalsmithing as a young boy by helping his father, Frank Patania Sr., in his workshop. At age ten, he began a formal apprenticeship with the senior Patania, joining a diverse team of Navajo, Hopi, and Spanish American apprentices.
Raised in a small Texas town, Hanna had his first encounters with photography and most of his art training through camera-club magazines. Emulating the Pictorialist style, he used his western surroundings as subject matter.
Larry Fuegen spent his childhood learning cowboy skills on his father's cattle ranch in South Dakota. He loved to make things, and would often take knives apart so that he could attach new handles.