Bob Montgomery

Bob has been a blacksmith and farrier for 40 years. He uses the traditional metalworking techniques of heating, bending and drawing out to build sculptures and functional pieces. As a member of ABANA and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, he participates in exhibitions and his work is displayed throughout Berea and the region as public art and in private collections. Since the early 1990s he has been sharing his art and love of blacksmithing with students throughout the state. He has participated in residencies for VSA Kentucky and Berea College’s Promise Neighborhood, where he is a mentoring artist. He has also worked with several artists to create “Math + Arts,” an educators’ resource collection for KET and PBS Learning Media. Bob’s metalworking residencies are designed to complement the teacher’s curriculum, whether considering energy transfer in a science class or structural design for an engineering class. Students apply the concepts to hands-on forging to create a project that relates to their course of study.