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I’ve been making some brass and bronze hardware on the side. The hammers seemed to fit nicely into the branding so we added them to the shoot.

I’ve been making some brass and bronze hardware on the side. The hammers seemed to fit nicely into the branding so we added them to the shoot.

— 1 week ago with 9 notes
#blacksmith  #forge  #bronze  #interior design 
bitchywelder asked: I love the owl... Like good storytelling, it's always nice when you can completely convey the message with the fewest amount of lines :)


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Ah thanks. I appreciate that. The owl was part design, part necessity. I had been designing things for years but as I built my shop I realized that most of my ideas really needed a power hammer to complete. (Or a lot of help.) I had to reassess what I could do, considering the tools at hand. It was a great a lesson. I needed to fill half a gallery and I was forced to be creative using simple tools and operations. What the sculpture represents is complex but the production is simple.

This is also why I love making tools. Take hammers for example. There’s really only 3 or 4 operations you use to make a hammer (depending on the style) - punch, drift, fuller, flatter. It’s a simple process but when you’re done you have have an object that fits every academic definition of a sculpture. Beautiful.

— 1 week ago with 4 notes
Owl. This is one of my first gallery pieces. Mild steel. Wax finish.

Owl. This is one of my first gallery pieces. Mild steel. Wax finish.

— 2 weeks ago with 30 notes
#blacksmith  #forge  #owl  #nature 
Back in 2010 I was lucky enough to able to visit the Zimmermann family studio in Germany. There’s a ton of history and decorative innovation in this shop. I admit I’m partial to modern European design (for metalwork) but I have to say I’m extremely happy that Americans are stepping up. It’s great to see so many people lighting fires. Visiting these types of places can be transforming. You get another perspective not only on the process and the work but also the mentality that drives it.

Back in 2010 I was lucky enough to able to visit the Zimmermann family studio in Germany. There’s a ton of history and decorative innovation in this shop. I admit I’m partial to modern European design (for metalwork) but I have to say I’m extremely happy that Americans are stepping up. It’s great to see so many people lighting fires. Visiting these types of places can be transforming. You get another perspective not only on the process and the work but also the mentality that drives it.

— 2 weeks ago with 119 notes
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Sometimes I cold forge aluminum as a test piece. I do this to predict clearance issues on trickier projects. It’s also useful for quickly trying out new joinery ideas before going to the forge.

Sometimes I cold forge aluminum as a test piece. I do this to predict clearance issues on trickier projects. It’s also useful for quickly trying out new joinery ideas before going to the forge.

— 2 months ago with 12 notes
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Raising hammer in various stages. 4140

Raising hammer in various stages. 4140

— 5 months ago with 36 notes
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The never ending project. Studio at night. The steel on the left will eventually line the space near the floor.

The never ending project. Studio at night. The steel on the left will eventually line the space near the floor.

— 6 months ago with 32 notes
#blacksmith  #forge  #hammer 

shopdweller:

This is a video from the artestenico website.

I like this video quite a bit. Makes me want to go and light a fire.

http://www.artestenico.com/

This is another old post I’m reblogging. Being a blacksmith is pretty metal, but it doesn’t have to be ‘metal.’ You know?

— 7 months ago with 24 notes
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Watch Tom Joyce on PBS. See more from CRAFT IN AMERICA.

shopdweller:

Blacksmith Tom Joyce talks about Fibonacci numbers and aesthetics.

This is one of the best blacksmiths you’ve never heard of.

— 7 months ago with 12 notes
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Whutchoo know about reuse.

Whutchoo know about reuse.

— 8 months ago with 44 notes
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I got this gem in the mail today. Stahl- Und Metallarbeiten by Fritz Kühn. Unfortunately, it’s no longer in print. The earliest work, from 1939, is partly informed by traditional motifs as you would expect. The body of work from the 40s and 50s is decidedly modern. It was printed in 1959.

I got this gem in the mail today. Stahl- Und Metallarbeiten by Fritz Kühn. Unfortunately, it’s no longer in print. The earliest work, from 1939, is partly informed by traditional motifs as you would expect. The body of work from the 40s and 50s is decidedly modern. It was printed in 1959.

— 9 months ago with 2 notes
#metalwork  #Metallarbeiten  #blacksmith  #kunstschmiede 
New anvil stand. Oak and Iron.

New anvil stand. Oak and Iron.

— 9 months ago with 464 notes
#blacksmith  #anvil  #forge