Total loan: $10,000


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Cumberland Gap, TN, United States / Arts

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Ryan's story

I live and manage my shop in the breathtaking Appalachian region surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Park in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. This is a big change from busy Kansas City, Missouri where I lived until my move to Tennessee. While in Kansas City I owned and managed a motorcycle repair shop. Shortly after I moved from Kansas City, to Cumberland Gap, Tennessee in 2015, I met my neighbor William Brock, a traditional blacksmith and the owner of Rusted Bird Studio. Under his instruction, I learned the art of blacksmithing. Now I am blessed to manage my own shop surrounded by the breathtaking Appalachian mountains. I am a proud member of the Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths (AACB) and Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America (ABANA). When I’m not blacksmithing, I’m exploring the area on my Harley or mountain biking. My goal in life is to work hard, stay humble, smile often, never stop learning, and always be thankful.