What is Immunity’s Forge?
Immunity’s Forge’s mission is to support research aimed at normalizing immune function in Western society.
We do this through making beautiful metal sculptures for decoration, conversation, and even functional use. This forged metal art is each handmade from discarded pieces of metal and given new life in both form and function.
Visit our Etsy store to see all the beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces of art that you can purchase for your home.
Immunity’s Forge is a non-profit connected to WPLabs Inc., which conducts research and education related to immune system dysfunction in high-income countries.
All proceeds from the sales of Immunity’s Forge metal art received by the artist are donated to WPLab, Inc. for ongoing research.
Learn more by selecting “Research” on the WPLab homepage
The process of working by-hand on a coal forge is time consuming, yet produces unique and distinctive pieces for others to enjoy. Creating artwork involves slowly transforming scrap metal into forms that are often functional and usually much larger than the initial size.
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Meet the Maker Behind Immunity’s Forge: Metal Artist and Auto-Immune Researcher
William Parker has loved art since childhood, and is very grateful to Martha Allison (1937-2004), his high school art teacher, who put up with him for four wonderful years back in the early 1980s. He has been blacksmithing since the 1990s, and is also a scientist, most well known for the discovery of a function of the human appendix.
For more than a decade William has sold his artwork to support his ongoing research on methods to prevent a wide range of immune-related diseases which share a number of common features and apparently a common origin. These diseases cover a surprisingly wide range, and include multiple sclerosis, lupus, food allergies, asthma, and a variety of neuropsychiatric conditions, including major depressive disorder and autism. William and his colleagues have published their work in numerous peer-reviewed journals.