Metal Artist and Owner of Mitty's Metal Art
Ryan Schmidt lives and manages his metal art studio and shop in the breathtaking Appalachian region surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Park in historic Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. This is a big change from busy Kansas City, Missouri where he lived until his move to Tennessee. While in Kansas City he owned and managed a motorcycle repair shop.
Shortly after Ryan moved from Kansas City to Cumberland Gap, Tennessee in 2015, he met his neighbor William Brock, a traditional blacksmith and the owner of Rusted Bird Studio. Under his instruction, Ryan began learning the art of blacksmithing. Ryan's passion is making custom made functional objects, ornamental ironwork, sculptures, and furniture.
When Ryan's not blacksmithing, he's exploring the area on his Harley or mountain biking. His goals in life are to work hard, stay humble, smile often, never stop learning, and always be thankful.