Lee began blacksmithing in 1973 at the age of 12, when he
began his apprenticeship to Larry Mann. He has been a member
of the Artist-Blacksmiths Association of North America since
1974. After a 2 year flirtation with higher education, Lee's
journeyman years included stints with OK Barnes of Camden
Axelson of Carmel
and Vaclav Jaros of Prague (then) Czechoslovakia. He returned
home to Lexington, Va. to take over Woods Creek Forge from
Larry Mann in1984. He has continued in the blacksmithing
business to this day, forging sculpture, custom furniture,
and architectural iron. He is perhaps best known in the blacksmithing
community for his researches into ancient ironsmelting techniques.
In January 2009 Lee moved his forge to his home on the south slope of House Mountain, near Lexington , and renamed his business Germinal Ironworks.
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