brazen (BRAY · zen): Middle English 'brasen',
from Old English 'broesen' before the 12th century.
1) made of brass; 2) of the color of polished brass;
3) marked by a contemptuous boldness; 4) to face with
defiance or boldness.
A 1996 photograph of Will Fanning's friend and singing
partner, Bill Kimmons, inspired the image that has
become the BrazenHead signature. On a whitewater rafting
trip on West Virginia's Gauley River, Bill was sunning
his golden locks when his wife Becky saw the picture
and asked photographer Rankin Harvey to take it. Charleston,
WV, photographer Tom Rhule made a few adjustments
in Photoshop™, and voila, the brazen image was
born. It was not until the winter of 1998, however,
that they knew why.
In creating sketches for a stained glass piece for
her old friend Will Fanning, artist Sharon Harms produced
drawings from the photograph that would become the
BrazenHead logo. Her stained glass BrazenHead hangs
in the inn's entrance. Sculptor Keith McManus (also
the fiddler for the old-time string bands Stewed Mulligan,
The Legendary Woodticks and Grass-Squatch) supervised
the hand-carving of the massive sugar pine BrazenHead
sign that hangs in front of the inn. Friends who gathered
at the first Greater Libra Birthday Party in October,
1999 in an Elkins, WV bar, contributed funds toward
the creation of the sign as a birthday present to
Will. Graphic designer Johanna Ellis transformed Harms'
sketches into the BrazenHead logo.
The West Virginia BrazenHead is just one more in
a long line of brazen associations. To begin a BrazenHead
quest, go to http://www.themodernword.com/joyce/joyce_intro.html