Betsy Bower opened her studio in Casper, Wyoming in late 2011. She has been contracted to do decorative, sculptural and functional ironwork since she was in her teens. Her background in welding developed naturally from growing up in her dad's cluttered and dusty treasure trove of iron bars and castings where there was just enough room for fabricating railings and security doors in his ornamental iron shop. With a constant muffled hum of a 100 gallon air compressor heard through bright orange ear plugs, Betsy became acquainted with the noise, the metallic dust, the machines, the tools and working alone to figure things out. Annual trips to Utah for weekend Forge In's fired up a deep interest for the age-old methods of blacksmithing. Her dad, Tom Bower, collected blacksmithing tooling and forges and let her experiment with the lessons gained from the demonstrators in a tight corner in his shop. Luckily, he's always been accustomed to loud noises so hammering was not an obnoxious addition to the orchestra of shop sounds. The neighbors may have differing opinions. Today, you can still find her hammering in a bigger corner of another warehouse 18 years later with a slightly more refined sense of movement and style.