THE ARTIST IN THE RANCHER
Full-time rancher, artist and husband, Thor adds a new spin to the Norse mythology.
In 2013, I graduated college with a degree in welding technology. I opened my own shop and quickly learned that I enjoyed creating metal art more that just welding. In that same year, a mentor of mine offered to loan me all of his engraving equipment for my shop - this is when I first began to learn how to push engrave. Once I made my first cut, I was hooked. In 2014, I built my first pair of spurs and a bit. Now I can't stop. I enjoy building functional western art because it's art that has a purpose. It's designed to be used and will be a part of someone's life and their story. In my mind it doesn't get any better than that.
I am as much a metal welding silversmith artist, as I am a full time rancher. My family ranch, Redrock, is a southern Arizona cattle outfit that runs Black Angus beef cattle. I use my experiences on the ranch to inspire my creations. There isn't anything else that I could imagine myself doing. When I'm working with my materials, I just feel right.
Creating lasting works of art - and pieces that inspire others - is truly what this work is about for me. I am happy knowing that my journey has really just begun and am excited to see where I go to next.