By Will Bowman  – Senior Editor

Matt Orthmann has been a buddy of mine since I moved to La Grande and attended Eastern Oregon University together and worked on a range of artistic projects. And now that we’re both respectively graduated, we share the experience of trying to create beautiful, tasteful pieces of art in a small town where the market for our trades is very, very small. Matt has one of the best work ethics of any other guy I’ve ever met. He also shares my passion for pushing himself, crafting himself, and otherwise creating beautiful, expressive things from his own artistic daemon, as Nietzsche would call it, as well as his body which can, in many cases, become a means of artistic expression and craft. I really love having coffee with this guy: he’s a great blacksmith, a good conversation, and one of the most driven guys I’ve ever met.

From Matt’s Website:

VINE & BRANCH IRONWORKS – Beauty Forged by Fire –
We Specialize in Beautifully Detailed, Hand Crafted Ironworks including hand rails, stair rails, gates… La Grande, Oregon

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
– Proverbs 27:17

Matt’s character profile created by Brent Clapp Media Services.

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