nolputnam.com: About

Welcome. This website is to show my work in two media: blacksmithing and photography. I say blacksmsithing, but over my 40 year career it has evolved considerably ... the first ten years to learn the craft; the middle twenty creating architectural scale ironwork up and down the East Coast of the United States; and, the last ten creating forged sculpture. Concurrently with the last phase and partly from necessity, I have taken up photography.

For the ironwork I use a two pound Swedish forging hammer and a 300 pound Kohlswa Anvil as well as innumerable other tools; for photography a Nikon 7000 rooted into a Mac platform and a large format Canon printer using archival inks and photo paper.

I backed into my life as an artist. I was raised around well-known artists and when I was old enough to realize their talents, quickly concluded I needed to find another profession. After serving in the Army, after completing college, I taught senior high school for 14 years, largely in the field of history. I loved it; and, I was exhausted. I finally realized I could not escape my upbringing - art it was. It was a scary jump. But jump I did and forty years later I am so glad I did. I gave me back my life.