I’m pleased to have been asked to design and build a sculpture and lead the international team to build it at International Forging 2020 in Argentina. Taking place in the city of Buenos Aires, fellow blacksmiths and I will share the skills of restoration and preservation.
We will have blacksmiths/teachers in our group from US, Canada, Russia, Spain, Chile, and Ukraine—this has has become a true international conference. Our goal is to share our knowledge freely, and everyone is welcome.
According to Jerry Coe, a Berkeley, CA-based blacksmith and organizer of the event, “During the past two events in Buenos Aires, we have trained 150 blacksmiths and awakened the trade skills that have been lost in the area. This has brought the attention of Argentina’s national education program and gained recognition from the Ministry of Culture about preservation and restoration of Buenos Aires historic architecture and national museums. We have gained support from Buenos Aires’ US Embassy.
In preparation for the 2020 event, we are organizing into teams to approach the teaching of our craft in a thorough manner. We expect 200 students to attend. Many of the students will be professionals and have small businesses of their own.
Along with classes in tool making and traditional artistic smithing, we will have a class discussing design, bidding, and presentation and the class will delve into determining economic rent/shop overhead. We will also have a forum to discuss ecological approaches to blacksmithing and creating sustainable environmentally friendly products."
This event began in 2016 and has occurred every 2 years since that time.
Forjadores Argentinos is a group that was formed after the inaugural event in 2016. This Facebook group serves to keep the Argentinians connected and to share projects, meeting announcements, and foster connectivity and collaboration.
Sometimes I make small favors. Valentine’s Day featured candy hearts. Guests at my parties have found themselves asked to pick out an ice cream cone or a grasshopper from a tray…
Elegantly simple design. No wonder I made two of them!…
This steel tripod base and stone top brings a fresh look to its surroundings — whether that be a guest room or an office sitting area. Sturdy, stable, AND good looking — If only we could all be that way…
I used 3" x 1" tubing for the steel legs, and the stone is 1.25" thick.
These round side tables measure about 19” tall, with a diameter of 20”.
Stained glass in jewel tones was custom-slumped as diffusers in this front porch light.
To begin, 3/8” steel plate was bent to convex on a fly press, then the edges were upset to give depth to the steel.
Before slumping the stained glass diffusers, molds/forms of the openings needed to be made. The stained glass was then slumped into these forms, allowing for a proper glass-to-steel fit on the steel plate.
With minimal points of attachment at the wall, this fixture seemingly ‘floats’ off the wall.
Front porch light with slumped glass measures 22” tall x 9” x 6” deep.
The forged elements topping this fabricated gate make an affordable yet custom touch at this beach house.
The central forged element references a whale’s tail in a subtle nod to the house’s seaside locale.
Whale Tail gate measures 48” tall x 32” wide x 2” deep.
Wind Totem is a sculpture in my Flow sculpture series which explores movement caused by wind or water.
Wind Totem is homage to an invisible force known only by its residual impact.
The forged steel form is brazed with copper highlights and situated atop an an ash pedestal. Overall dimensions are 69" tall x 27" wide x 14" deep.
If installed outdoors, Wind Totem can be mounted directly in the ground, such as in a meditation garden or perched atop a rocky mount...
I recently celebrated a milestone birthday and gifted a sculpture to the world...
Walking Stick was first exhibited at the 2018 ABANA Conference Gallery in Richmond, VA.
This 16-piece forged steel sculpture features pin-and-wedge joinery, allowing for easy breakdown/transport/reinstallation.
'Walking Stick' was sealed with a clear lacquer finish. Final dimensions are 37” tall x 17” wide x 10” deep.
This fireplace screen nestles perfectly in its fireplace nook, inviting guests to fall under its spell...
Drift is a sculpture in my Flow sculpture series which explores movement caused by wind or water.
Bursting forth from a punched plate, Drift’s three steel wisps have been tapered and slit-and-drifted using traditional blacksmithing techniques.
The negative space revealed in Drift has been carefully considered and is as integral a part of the sculpture as its physical elements.
Three punched-and-drifted steel tapers, punched steel plate, torched wood posts... Dimensions are 61” tall x 34” wide x 8” deep.
This sculpture series is underway...
To read more about the maquette on which one of these sculptures is based, click the picture below:
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