The Foundry Tree project was inspired by:

The workers at SLOSS Furnaces and other laborers who have made this country what it is, but remain faceless, undocumented and rarely recognized.

Anthropological and genealogical processes that preserve familial structures.

The continuation of the craft through one of America’s most important resources-creativity.

A group of artists who wear their history of experiences on their backs.

Having a document that will hopefully maintain necessary storytelling.

The potential of connecting Cast Iron Artists through a web-based database that can grow and change with new generations.

Preserving connections between "tribes" of artists.

My professors who have passed.

My students who need to connect to their peers and to their elders.