A native of the Diablo Valley near San Francisco, Phil Beck now resides in Roseburg, Oregon. When not working in a metal shop, he enjoys flying kites, playing Frisbee golf and riding fast motorcycles fast.
As with so many artists, an early life experience sparked Phil’s interest in metal work. Around the age of 10, his father took him to the local blacksmith shop to get an item fixed. “It was a big old barn-like building, with lots of sparks flying, loud banging and clanking, and big things getting worked on. There was a guy pounding on red hot material heated in the forge and beating it into shape…and he let me watch! That was the day that started it for me.”
In high school, Phil began working in the metal shop in earnest, making some “pretty wacky stuff”. Although he loved the work, he decided not to pursue making metal art out of financial concerns and doubt of his talent. Instead he became a metal fabricator, eventually owning his own company for 10 years before moving to Ukiah and then Oregon.