About the Author

Lives Shaped by Steel

Nancy B. Zastrow

Author Nancy Zastrow uses warmth and humor to highlight the individual qualities of each of these robust metal artists. Her vision captures not a casual profession, but a true calling in which metal becomes a fluid medium and the realities of fences, gates and fountains take exquisite, sometimes whimsical form. Nancy’s interest in blacksmithing began in 1990 when her husband Ken discovered his own metalsmith talents. Her involvement grew as she attended blacksmith meetings and events. She has edited blacksmith affiliate newsletters for over 10 years, and has pitched a tent at countless weekend gatherings, rain or shine. Nancy holds a degree in journalism from Syracuse University and is the author of ‘The Radiant Life’ and ‘Maryland’s Great Gardens’. She and Ken live in Silver Spring, Maryland, where they take delight in their five children and 12 grandchildren.