Mike Platt was raised in Pennsylvania and trained as a farrier under Marshall Conklin at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. His forge work was honed at the race tracks, polo fields, and backyard barns of Pennsylvania and Connecticut before moving to New Hampshire in 2001. He also holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and specializes in the design and development of jet engines and rocket engines. He is an instructor at the Littleton Studio School, and has exhibited at the Gallery at WREN and the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts.
"My early blacksmithing revolved around a 35-year career as a farrier, where making the horseshoes (and often the tools to make the horseshoes) was one of the highlights of my job. Fast forward to 2019, and the artistic metal work has completely replaced the equine side. Learning new skills at the Littleton Studio School has brought me to incorporate new media into my work, including mokume gane – a forge-welded copper and nickel sandwich that develops a wonderfully varied grain pattern in the metal. I’m constantly drawn to heat of the forge, the sound of the anvil, and the rhythm of the hammer in my home forge in Easton, New Hampshire."