The workshop and tools of nationally noted blacksmith and farrier Jim Quick were destroyed in a fire Sunday afternoon.
According to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, the small shed at 6893 Niwot Road blew up around 2:30 p.m., just 15 or 20 minutes after Quick had left to talk with a friend.
"He was doing some work today, using the (propane) gas-fired torch," said Sgt. Jim Dimond of the sheriff's office. "He turned off everything, went into the house to take a break, and then 15 to 20 minutes later, there was an explosion."
No one was injured in the fire.
Quick began making horseshoes when he was 14. Now, with 29 years of experience behind him, he's been a national champion farrier, judged major horseshoeing competitions throughout the world and shod a number of world champion horses.
"I want to be the Michael Jordan of horseshoeing," he told the Times-Call in 1996, a week after taking second in a national horseshoeing competition that landed him a spot on the American Farriers Association team.
He has also held clinics throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, Germany and South America.
The December 2010 issue of American Farriers Journal featured a story in which Managing Editor Pat Tearney rode with Jim Quick for the day and documented Quick's approach to farriery.