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Joe Burleigh at his forge in Carbondale, Colorado
I am a Colorado native, raised in Grand Junction. I have a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado, Boulder. I have lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for the past 30 years, where I raised my two children with my wife Debra. For the past 20 years, I have run my own business at the Roaring Forge LLC, a Blacksmiths Cooperative. I specialize in home furnishing, lighting, decorative, and architectural metals for the construction and design trades. I have also been creating public sculpture since 1996 and currently have permanent pieces displayed in Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs, Colorado; Sheridan, Wyoming; Chevy Chase Maryland, and Morristown, New Jersey. Temporary displays include public art pieces in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and Lake Oswego, Oregon. Most of my sculpture is kinetic or interactive in some way. My ambition is not to be a manager but to be a proficient craftsman and maker with my favorite material “steel”. My goal is to create durable, unique and attractive objects which satisfy my urge to create new things and which appeal to people of all ages. 
  • Sculpture in Print

    Joe Burleigh's art appears on the cover of Lacan and Delezue

    "Lacan and Delezue"

    A Disjunctive Synthesis

    Published 2016

    Joe Burleigh's endlessly spiraling ants caught the eye of the authors of Lacan and Delezue - A Disjunctive Synthesis, and they asked permission to use it on the cover of a book contrasting the philosophers. The book was published by Edinburgh University Press in November, 2016

    Interviews and articles

    2019 article in Forge Facts a publication of Rocky Mountain Smiths


    Fall 2019

    September 28, 2019

    Joe Burleigh demonstrates for Forge Facts how to make a three-legged iron stool out of: 1-1/4 schedule 40 pipe, what looks like 1/4" or 1/8" schedule 40 pipe, 1/8" plate, and ceiling wires.

    2017 article in the KOOL online magazine

    "KOOL 107.9 "

    Online Magazine

    September 27, 2016

    A brand new piece of art that can tell time has been donated to the city of Grand Junction and placed at Las Colonias Park by the entrance of the Riverfront Trail. Joe Burleigh was commissioned earlier this year to create the piece as a memorial to his father, Dr. Tom Burleigh who moved to Grand Junction in 1958, bought an apricot orchard on G Road, and spent 25 years working on a sundial.

    2014 Forge Facts cover with Joe Burleigh's artwork

    "Roaring Fork"


    February 29, 2016

    Roaring Fork Lifestyle recently encouraged Joe Burleigh, who speaks softly but carries a big hammer, to talk about his work and pieces that are familiar to Glenwood Springs and Carbondale residents, inlcuding his stringed and musical sculpture Logarhythm along Carbondale's Main Street and his Iron Crystal Cubic—a loose interpretation of the crystal matrix of iron atoms at room temperature at a roundabout in West Glenwood.

    Forge Facts cover with Joe Burleigh's artwork

    "Forge Facts"

    Winter 2015

    Volume XXXIII, Number 1 /

    Joe Burleigh was the Winter 2015 Featured Artist. In this edition of Forge Facts he demonstrates how he makes his faux sword blades (the kind that won't cut anybody, but could kill if clubbed over the head with) by squeezing square tube on the diamond until near flat and adding iron pommel and hilt. The article also includes how to make a bird from pipe.

    2014 Forge Facts cover with Joe Burleigh's artwork

    "Forge Facts"

    Fall 2014

    Volume XXXII Number 4 /

    In this edition of Forge Facts, Joe Burleigh demonstrates pipe forging, creating a table leg and iron fish. Several of his works created from pipe are pictured.

    Forge Facts cover with Joe Burleigh's artwork

    "Forge Facts"

    Spring 2013


    "Joe Burleigh is the quiet guy you see at every conference. A man of few words and a lot of good iron work. Introduce your self if you haven’t met him yet, you won’t meet a more congenial smith. This is his story in his own words about how he became a professional Carbondale-area blacksmith."

    MerKa Dura sculpture in Portland, Oregon

    "Portland Tribune"

    Gallery Without Walls

    Joe Burleigh's artwork can be found in the Gallery Without Walls -- the outdoor Lake Oswego gallery. His work MerKaBa Dura can be seen on First Street between A and B Avenues in Portland, Oregon.

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