The walleyes' shadowy shapes swim in and out, and several day’s catch are on the lookout for baitfish or a darting jig. Given their attention span, I can’t wait to land one in my pan!
Lee W. Badger is the owner, director and chief talent of Anvil Works , in business ® since 1981. His lifelong career as a self-employed artist-blacksmith began during the 1970's in Denver and the Colorado Rockies and brought him to the Mid-Atlantic and the National Capital region in the late 1980's. He taught and worked as an artist-in-residence at Glen Echo National Park in suburban Washington, DC from 1989 to 1993. As the scope of his business increased, Lee began to seek a Mid-Atlantic location where he could create a workshop of his own design. In 1998 he built the Anvil Works studio and metal work shop in Hedgesville, W.Va. This location where the Cumberland and Shenandoah Valleys meet in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle provides easy access to industrial resources, transportation routes and clients in the eastern coastal cities and northern Appalachian region. Lee Badger specializes in ornamental metal design and the creation of hand crafted metal work for home and garden. He is a member of the Artist-Blacksmith Association of North America and several regional and local craft guilds. As a furniture maker and sculptor, he belongs to The Furniture Society and the International Sculpture Center. His interest in art metal workshops and conferences has taken him across the nation and across the Atlantic to Wales and the Czech Republic. Lee Badger's work and creative achievements consistently earn honors and awards in museum and gallery exhibitions. The mainstay of Anvil Works' studio business is a regular flow of privately commissioned work. Carefully understood and completed commissions are the main sources of referral. Lee shares delight and satisfaction in the commissioning process with design professionals, collectors and homeowners alike.