Tom Latané has always been fascinated by the blacksmiths at Colonial Williamsburg and in high school was stirred by artifacts unearthed in an archaeology club. These two events inspired him to construct a forge in his backyard in 1972. After graduating high school in 1973 he spent his time producing forged iron and hewn wood products for art fairs and consignment shops. Tom attended three semesters of metalsmithing and jewelry classes at Towson State University in the late 1970’s. Since 1983 Tom and his wife Catherine have operated a shop in Pepin, Wisconsin repairing antiques and producing their own work incorporating historic design motifs from various traditions. He has demonstrated at numerous ABANA conferences as a founding member of the Patient Order of Meticulous Metalsmiths and taught at six different craft schools. From the beginning Thomas has been more fascinated by the things smiths were able to accomplish with hand tools centuries ago than the potential of modern power equipment.

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