Ray's work is collected not only domestically but also worldwide. He has been the recipient of Best Art Award at the Blade International Expo in Atlanta once and recipient of the Best Damascus Award twice. Ray has received many other awards which are too numerous to mention.
Ray is also an accomplished teacher and has taught classes at Touchstone Center for the Crafts in Pennsylvania, the Bill Moran School for Bladesmithing in Arkansas, the Tannehill Ironworks in Alabama, Pieh Tool Company in Arizona, and also one on one classes in his own shop located in Camp Verde, Arizona.
...smelting his own iron and steel for over twenty years.
...collecting and smelting his own copper and silver ore for more than ten years.
Ray is one of less than one hundred and fifty Master Smiths registered worldwide by the American Bladesmith society. The American Bladesmith Society is the accepted worldwide standard for forging excellence. Queen Elizabeth's armorer, James Jackson, came to the United States in 2001 to test for the coveted American Bladesmith Master stamp. Both Mr. Jackson and Ray Rybar were successful that year.