Nationally known artist taught gilding at Maker Space 307

    (Riverton, WY) – Kirby-based artist Barrie Lynn Bryant recently spent some time at the Maker Space 307 in Riverton where he taught a few locals to gild.

    Bryant is an artist of many trades including photography, gilding, and woodturning among other things. He’s also a writer and educator.

    His journey to gilding, which is applying a thin layer of gold to a surface, began a few decades ago when he started making frames after moving to Kirby with his artist wife, AB Word.


    “I came as a professional photographer and she was drawing. And so when I got here I thought photography of people? (There are) no people here. She said, ‘well, why don’t you learn how to make picture frames and you can do my art in your frame.’”

    After a few years of western-themed art and basic frames, Word went back to her “fancy” style of art, so Bryant decided to make more elaborate and interesting frames. Some of those frames are wood turned on a lathe and then gilded.

    In 2016, Bryant pioneered a new gilding process – printing on hand-gilded paper. His work has gained him national notoriety and has earned him features in magazines such as American Woodturner and The Gilder’s Tip.

    Check out the projects they worked on at the Maker Space 307 below.


    Learn more about Bryant’s work at


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