Decendents of the Keltic Tool & Weapons Metal Masters combining old world skills & new world technology........
Forrest "Val" Sweeney received his formal training at the Childrens Art Museum and Lake Oswego Highschool Art Education. He continued his education at the Portland State University, and the Portland Art Museum.
He went on to become owner and partner in an Art Gallery on Front Ave in downtown Portland for 16 years. He has shared his incredible talent for eight years as a Youth Counselor for B.S.A. Camp on the Oregon Coast as Outdoor Camping & Nature Craft Director.
Val has commissioned artwork throughout the US, Japan, Taiwan, China, Holland and Germany.
His associates and friends include "Calgagno Foundry & Studio", "Marsue Metal Designs", "Decor Iron", "Tile Industries" and "Reihl Industries.
All his work is hot and cold forged, hand formed from Brass, Copper, Mild and Hard Rolled Steel.
Kiln baked finishes and our metal craftmanship reflects our talents and skills with the help of the great spirit, nature and our ancestors who have come before us. We take great pride in our American Metal Smithing Mastery. Skills handed down from many ethnic, racial and cultural origins. But just as the term "Melting Pot" the Beauty and Strength is not in the diversity of the melted metals, but in the unity of the "American Spirit". We hope you enjoy our Homage to Spirit, Nature and Humanity in our Metal Art.