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Retired Farrier Makes New Start As Artist
When he was young, Steve Teichman hoped to earn an art degree and become a professional artist. But as a teenager, he went in a different direction.
While in high school, Teichman applied for an internship at a distinguished farrier school in Delaware. There he learned valuable horse care skills that he used to support himself for the following years through part-time work after school and during the summer.
Further education in college set him on the career path to becoming a full-time farrier. Teichman earned a reputation for quick and careful work. He became renowned for identifying and solving problems that horses developed in the middle of high-stakes competitions that might otherwise have disqualified them.
Over his 26-year career, Teichman worked with horses at multiple Olympic and world championship events. By 2019, Teichman was ready to retire from farriering. At that time, he rediscovered his passion for art.
He started by using his forging skills to create jewelry for friends and family but quickly branched out to a larger customer base. These days, he spends his time painting with watercolors and crafting jewelry from silver, metal, and semi-precious gemstones.
Thereís more overlap between tending to horsesí hooves and making jewelry than most people would think. Teichman utilizes many skills that he learned in the trade and still uses many of the same tools for his jewelry making.
Teichmanís watercolor paintings tend to be landscapes based on sketches he made during his travels as a farrier. For jewelry, he specializes in silver bracelets, many made with motifs meaningful to equestrians, including stars for the four and five-star competitions. Many of his orders are custom requests from riders that remember him from his farriering days.
To inquire about a custom order, you can connect with Teichman through his Facebook page, Bear Metal Works.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steve Teichman (sherpa59@verizon.net; www.facebook.com/bmwmetal/).

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