I love welding steel. The process involves controlling an electric arc that jumps between metal pieces at approximately 6500° to 7000° f and melts a flux-covered electrode that fuses the metal forms.
With a self-darkening shielded mask blinding me of everything else, I'm energized by the potential for creativeness or destruction, the power to instantly transform my material into something crazy, possibly even deviant.
All my sculpture is abstract and my pieces are meant for indoors or outside are alike. When my sculpture is commissioned, I like to know something about where the work will be placed and a little about the owner's personality. My work can be painted and have a light- hearted and gentle quality or it can be heavy, burnt (with torches), mysterious and left to rust. In either case, I hope observers will get lost in thought, be inspired to take chances and be a little adventurous themselves.
My biggest sculpture of 1500 pounds took over a year to create and resides on the Franklin Pierce University campus in New Hampshire. Collectors of my work typically have them under a spotlight at night or displayed in a simple, uncluttered space where they can be touched and viewed 3-dimensionally.
Forbes divides his time between Rindge, New Hampshire and Apalachicola, Florida.