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I'm increasing my sales at local craft shows and galleries. I'm selling some of my metal work at the Tucson Botanical Garden and Flagstaff Arboretum gift shops. They're carrying my bird feeders. The Arboretum at Flagstaff is also carrying my hummingbird trellises, and my ocotillo sculptures.


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Hummingbird trellis': Hummers just happy to be in
cooler climes at Flagstaff

This summer (2017) I am participating in the Botanical Blacksmiths exhibit at the Flagstaff Arboretum. I entered one of my ocotillo and hummingbird sculptures.  June 10th they will host a reception for the artists and we will be allowed to sell some of our work there.

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Ocotillos complete with hummingbirds at the Arboretum at Flagstaff

I'm currently making hummingbirds. I've put them on a tripod stand which will allow them to be freestanding in a garden, on a patio, or used as a trellis to allow vines to wind around the hummingbird. I'm also incorporating the hummingbirds into my existing line of ocotillos.



Bird on red tube/seed feeder.

Local house wrens getting their vitamin C

The seed feeders are now powder coat painted to better stand up to the outdoors in the desert. A rawhide loop in the top provides a way of hanging the feeder from either a tree limb or a shepherds hook.

The fruit feeders have been redesigned to include a hook for hanging the feeder and a cholla skeleton perch has been incorporated for the birds to roost on while feeding.

I've started making hummingbird feeders. I learned how to make one variety at my Festival Forging class last summer using a wine bottle. However, since I don't drink it turned me into a "dumpster diver" to collect wine bottles. After talking to a fellow crafter, she put me onto a glass company that makes glass hummingbird feeder containers. I ordered a few and then worked out a design for a holder. A couple of interrations later I had a holder I could confidently say "I designed and made that!". I then powder coated them in bright red.


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With the coming summer in Tucson, I've stopped doing craft shows in the Tucson area.  If the Arboretum in Flagstaff has their Botanical Blacksmiths exhibit I will participate in it.

I've stopped selling at the Plaza Palomino Farmer's Market because of my neighbors insistance on strutting around with a gun on her hip. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. A gun has no place at a farmer's market with small children running around.

2017 Botantical Blacksmiths Exhibit

(text from the Arizona Daily Sun, Jun 13, 2016)

arboretum sign The concept of the Botanical Blacksmith Exhibit first came along when Flagstaff metal artist Cathi Borthwick was looking for a way to get a spotlight on artists who do forging work. She spoke with Elizabeth Vogler, who worked with the Arboretum at Flagstaff at the time, and she suggested a display of the metal sculpture works at the Arboretum. The first exhibit happened in 2012, and it proved a big success to spotlight both the artists and bring an added element to forests and gardens.

"We love it because it adds such interest to the grounds," said Lynne Nemeth, executive director at the Arboretum. "I think it's such a great partnership … I love how it provides a contrast—the lush greenery and the ironwork. There's often a color contrast that makes it pop."



Fire Weed by Cathi Borthwick


Cathi Borthwick
Cathi Borthwick



Cathi Borthwick, the organizer and guiding light of the event, likes how the art interacts with the growth and changes in the gardens. "The art really changes as the garden grows and starts to grow around it. It changes the way people see the art."



Crow and Owl Medicine Shield by Rachel Wilson

I started out as a Farrier here in Flagstaff in 1982. I started realizing that I loved using my forge,anvil and hammer to create sculptures that reflected the living things that surrounded me! My abilities with the forge started when I went to Farrier school and my highest grade was in the shoe making process. A lot of the techniques that I used to make corrective shoes for horses were instrumental in creating the pieces I make to this day!

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Denise Edwards


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Waterbug by Rachel Wilson and Steve Wilson
Rachel Wilson
Rachel Wilson
Rachel Wilson, whose fabric banners interact both with the flowers and other plants of the Arboretum and the metal sculptures, echoed Borthwick's thoughts of how the natural world comes to interface with the pieces. "With translucent fabrics, the sun and the shadows and the wind are changing the art all the time," she said. "When (my art) is outside, there's a dynamic. It's moving all the time." Nemeth had the idea of having an installation art piece in the pond for this year's exhibit. Rachel Wilson took up the challenge and created a floating fabric and steel-framed piece called "Waterbug." It brings a colorful centerpiece to the pond, a key feature to the Arboretum.


"We love how the artwork makes the arboretum more beautiful, and it shows how we can bring beauty to the garden with art as well," Nemeth said. "And it's neat to see this kind of work with the gardens, the living with the permanent."

Members of the Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association from across the state have continued to bring ironwork up to be displayed in the gardens and, in some years, have also brought smaller pieces that could be purchased through the Arboretum gift shop.

Many of the pieces of the current exhibit are available for purchase. Nemeth said they would like to keep the pieces for the season even if they sell, but with the cost of shipping, some of the metal works will likely go home with the person who buys them.


Ocotillos and Friends by Jim Dunning

Seed, fruit, and hummingbird feeders by Jim Dunning





Hanging Pond by Ira Wiesenfeld
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Ira Wiesenfeld

Tulips by Joel Richards

Stanchion Pond by Ira Wiesenfeld

Native Sun 2 by Liz Carlier and Josh State

Nest Bowl with Wrought Iron by Ira Wiesenfeld

Hoe Hoe Hoe by Brian Painter

Hummingbird Trellis by Jim Dunning

The Pony Repair Project by Brian Painter

Martinez Agave by David Bridenbaugh

Flowers by Joel Richards

Parrott Fish Cage by Ira Wiesenfeld

Proverbial Plow by John Behrman

Wonderland Flowers by Cathi Borthwick
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December 21st, 22nd, & 23rd
10 am - 5 pm
#4 Masonic Lodge
3590 N. Country Club
Tucson, AZ



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