miles west of Dripping Springs on Lonesomesage Longhorn
Ranch is the inspirational setting where Gary Thompson
forges copper and brass into native plants of the Southwest.
Born in Austin, Texas,
Gary’s introduction to forging metal
began at the early age of 5 and
for 10 summers watched his Swedish grandfather, Carl
Pearson, forge steel in his Elroy, Texas Blacksmith Shop.
There Gary ran barefoot, playing with hammers and anvils,
watching his grandpa weld and sharpen discs for the local
farmers. Gary’s craftsmanship lineage goes back another
generation to Gary’s great grandfather, Ohr Pearson, a
cabinet maker, who made fine furniture and cabinets at the
Texas State Capitol.