|About the Artists: William and Lynn Kuegel|
All types of metal appeal to farrier-craftsman William Kuegel. He began his metalsmithing career shoeing horses after graduating from the University of New Hampshire (1974) and Mid-South Academy of Horseshoeing. In 1977 he and his wife Lynn first used horseshoe nails to create a line of unique hand-made ornaments.
The ornaments were shop-juried through the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen at the Sharon Arts Center in 1979 and in the Exeter Craft Center in 1981 (state-juried in 1999). In December 1981 they were featured in Yankee Magazine's Small Business and Crafts section. One of their trees was chosen to be the 1996 Holiday Ornament by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Most recently, they were winners of the year 2000 League of NH Craftsmen Annual Ornament Contest.
Over the years their body of work has expanded to include individual small-scale sculptural works, scenes, and jewelry. Instead of designing solely with horseshoe nails, William now works with a variety of metals. The designs are open - in the style of line drawings - with small solid elements.
Lynn's background is in interior design and business. She and William collaborate to design the pieces, then William crafts the pieces while Lynn manages the business. They operate their business - called Equicraft because of the equine connection - out of their home in Lee, New Hampshire.