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Whim of Iron

Art & Empowerment

Welcome to a new genre of free-form, one-of-a-kind sculptures cut from hard steel in organic patterns and themes that leapfrog the barriers of imagination and define Barbara McDonald's artistic work.

Barbara carves her visions in steel and mounts them on "cradled" boards to produce a finished wall sculpture that can be displayed and enjoyed in the format of a painting. The ability to hang the work on a wall lends a versatility to these three dimensional pieces beyond ordinary sculpture.


Enjoy a virtual walk through Barbara's unique work in her Gallery.

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Learn more about the artist.

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Explore Barbara's inspiration and methods 

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To reach out to Barbara with any questions

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On a very personal note, for more than 60 years, we have shared a common commitment to helping empower individuals and communities. 

​In this, hopefully, post-Covid year, we want to share our (and your) experiences and lessons-learned in their new endeavor, the Whim of Iron Empowerment Hub. The Hub’s mission is to help you break through the obstacles in your life to achieve personal and community empowerment.  

And, NO, it is not a place to learn the martial arts --- though we very much respect such ancient practices. We use images of the martial arts as one way to convey that iron core of mental strength that we help our members find and perfect in themselves.

So, what do we focus on in the Whim Iron EMPOWERMENT HUB?

Personal Empowerment

First, we focus on personal empowerment --- helping individuals, groups and organizations identify, develop, and apply practical, time-proven tools to thrive.  

We are starting the HUB with a few free, no-obligation Courses to help people decide if they would like to join with us on a personal empowerment journey.

Take a look at the new Whim of Iron EMPOWERMENT HUB.

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Community Empowerment

Second, we focus on community empowerment --- helping individuals, groups and organizations identify, develop, and apply a foundational set of practical, time-proven tools to accomplish their mission.

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mycoPLACES EcosystemTM

Imagine, for a moment, that one could redirect just a portion of the incredible talent, resources, and imagination from the traditional top-down community response structures and instead truly build empowerment from the ground up.

A few years ago, we designed a r)evolutionary people-and-technology-based platform, that we called the mycoPLACES EcosystemTM. It focuses exclusively on empowerment --- from the ground up. It trusts that empowered and enabled humans will survive and thrive alongside the other species who inhabit our planet.​

We will be bringing this project to the Empowerment Hub later this year for others to examine, critique, adapt, and explore how to use it.

In the meantime, if you're curious about the mycoPLACES Ecosystem platform, click the link to contact us directly for more information.


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