AKA - Ray Bowen. Ray was introduced to blacksmithing in 1994 by Jacques Brunet, former head of the French blacksmith guild. Ray immediately felt an affinity for creating with steel. Family members later told him that he was the 5th generation of blacksmiths in the family. Ray apprenticed at Reigneaux et Fréres in St. Gaultier, France and specializes in the classical French style.