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Carmi Coal Miner Turned Sculptor/Artist Going Places with Innovative Designs

While coal mining pays the bills right now, Brandon Smith has his eyes set on creating large works of art.  3Ten Design was born in 2020 when Smith created and designed a lamp.  His post on social media quickly created demand for more and his business launched.  Since then, though he still makes lamps, Smith has started focusing on larger and more detailed industrial style works.  He’s currently working on a permanent piece that will set up shop outside the Ella Elizabeth Hise Museum of Regional Art on the Southeastern Illinois College campus.

Additionally, beginning October 25th, Smith will have his own installation at the museum.  Smith works with a variety of materials including wood, metal and even concrete.  He’s aiming to win at Cedarhurst in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and his former wrestling coach, Mr. Terry “Sarge” Gholson believes he’ll be even bigger than that someday.

You can find more of Brandon’s work and learn more about his story at and


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