Doug Hays

Florida sculptor, Doug Hays has always been intrigued by anything transformed by fire – fire is what drew him to working with metal. The excitement of a burning forge and hammering hot iron drew his attention and hooked him immediately. Being rooted in the venerable blacksmithing tradition, he still uses a hammer and anvil daily, but he now also uses modern power tools and computer controlled machinery. I taught myself how to sculpt metal through reading books and experimentation. Along the way, I learned how to combine ancient and modern techniques. Hays enjoys the challenge of bringing life to steel, imparting a feeling of motion and expression to an unyielding and heavy material. What has developed is an intuitive physical process of heating, hammering, bending, welding,