This book depicts over 50 unique pieces of African forged metal work that was shown at the University of North Carolina during th summer of 1998. This is a well-illustrated book covering dimensions, composition and history, as well as, a listing of exhibitors represented. This exceptional exhibition had been organized by Tom Joyce, a blacksmith from Santa Fe, New Mexico. The exhibition contained 115 pieces of forged metal work from areas south of the Sahara Desert in Africa contributed by various collectors. The exhibit had been underwritten by UNCA and by ABANA. Tom Joyce says of the pieces in the exhibit: "I selected the pieces to accentuate their aesthetic qualities, to appreciate them as art alone is to separate the realities they activate and the ideology of the groups they express."