William R. Stone grew up in nearby Radcliff, KY, and studied graphic design, sculpture, and functional design at Murray State University in Murray Kentucky, completing his BFA in 1991.
William’s original interest in forge work had been earlier sparked by a scene in the movie “The African Queen,” where a simple trench forge and wood fire are used to repair a boat. Much to his parents’ consternation, he built a small forge in their garden and his work with metal began.
After working in the graphics field for 15 years creating company logos, corporate identity materials, and illustrations for books and digital models for animated simulations, in 1996 William began focusing more of his attention on metal and wood working and functional design. He now creates both production and custom work for customers.
William R. Stone’s work can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.