The End of Another Year

The End of Another Year

With only a few weeks left we are looking forward to a fresh new year of new projects and challenging designs. Everybody at the Artistry Forge has done an amazing job this past year and we are very proud of everybody involved in our projects.

We have met and connected with so many amazing people from different companies and countries in the last year and are very thankful for it. It sure is amazing to see new talent and new ideas growing around us.

We will continue to blog on our website www.artistryforge.com and will keep you informed on LinkedIn and Facebook.

We wish everybody a wonderful holyday season and a very successful new year.

Best wishes

The Artistry Forge Team

Blacksmith art and a bit of its background

Blacksmith art and a bit of its background

Blacksmithing is believed to have been started in 1,500 B.C. in what is now Syria. Blacksmithing began with the Iron Age, when primitive man first began making tools from iron. Blacksmithing probably began with very crude tools of stone to work the metal after it was heated, probably in a campfire. It was discovered that meteorites had iron in them as well as the red layer of rock strata. The raw iron ore was brought to places called bloomeries and smelted down for use by the blacksmith to use.

Wrought Iron had a very low carbon content making it much weaker than steel. But wrought iron was very malleable, a property that lends itself to forging and forge welding. It took three thousand years for man to learn the science of metallurgy. Long after man made the first simple tools–the first spear or arrow tips–the craft would require hundreds more years before blacksmiths understood the magnetic properties of iron welding.

As things progressed into the Iron Age as this period became know as the smith was held in high regard. The most skilled smiths could rise to high positions in the social hierarchy and become very powerful in their own right.

The blacksmith was called the king of trades because of his ability to create his own tools. Compared to other trades of the time all of their tools came from the blacksmith. Trades such as smithing were considered more important than blacksmithing but to me blacksmithing played a more important role in history. With out the blacksmith parts for the advancement of technology would never have been created. Without the blacksmith, a village could not survive. The role of the Blacksmith was very diverse not only was he the local toolmaker and “engineer” he was sometimes called upon to act as dentist, doctor, undertaker, veterinary surgeon and horse dealer.

For centuries blacksmiths experimented with metals to try and create stronger metals. The hardening and tempering processes were invented.

The blacksmith was once a symbol of hard work and the mastery of the elements. Today not many companies are still hand forging elements or hole pieces of their work.

The Artistry forge is still using old tradition blacksmith art to create masterpieces. Keep us in mind and contact us.

Gates & Fences

Gates & Fences

There is magic about metal that mesmerizes those who work with and appreciate it. The ability to take a stack of hard rods and bars, heat them and reshape them into something useful and beautiful is constant source of wonder and pride for us. We are able to create/forge in old traditional ways any metal into something amazing. But here we would like to talk about iron or brass gates and fences.

Gates and fences are among the most apparent uses of ironwork. They are very obvious when you take the time to look at them and for them. We take fences and gates for granted because most are profane, sacrificing design to economics and pure function. You will find that our gates and fences are anything but profane and trite.  A fence or a gate may be the first decorative element we see when we approach a building but we often see through it, or it stops our eye, yet subliminally we know it is there. A gate or a fence, well integrated with a building style, can be a beautiful compliment to the architecture. When it is well integrated we see it as a part of the building and not a separate structure lost and alone.

Regardless of the design, the function of the gate or fence must be addressed. Gates and fences are designed to protect, to keep people or animals in or out, to delineate a property line, and/or to establish an entry or exit point.

We at the Artistry Forge would love to create the perfect gate and/or fence for your home and property according to your design ideas and purpose. We are the specialist in master crafting metal (especially brass) into beautiful and functional gates and fences and we are not afraid of the challenge of the design be it baroque, abstract, modern or any other style possible.

Acanthus Leaf Appearance in Architecture and Metal Art

Acanthus Leaf Appearance in Architecture and Metal Art

Acanthus leaves appears extensively in ancient Greek and Roman architecture and till today the acanthus leaf still finds its place in beautiful blacksmith work. Why is the acanthus leaf so popular with the old architectural elements? The leaves from this plant seam to flow and ‘grow’ on all parts of Roman and Greek architecture, pottery, jars & vases, fountains, planters and temple pillars and balusters.

Well, the acanthus plant is a Mediterranean plant with large jagged and spiny leaves. It was used to in China, India, Southeast Asia and of course in the Mediterranean area for medical use. This plant will thrive in salty soil and therefore its leaves are salty and oily. The salt in the leaves draw moisture out of the air and were used to do exactly that to help keep food dry for example rice. The plant was also used for skin ailments, parasitic skin diseases and fungal and bacterial infections and burns. It was in general used as a natural antibiotic.

No wonder that such an amazing plant was and still is celebrated on architectural and blacksmith elements, vases, fountains and more.

We at the Artistry Forge use the leaves in some of our art in brass creations. We perfected our acanthus leaves; and our baroque style, railings and gates are decorated with these fine ornaments. Our craftsmen are still using traditional techniques in forging these detailed acanthus leaves. All our acanthus leaves are forged in fire and shape by hand to perfection. All hand made and master crafted by blacksmith’s that still know the old traditions of forging. That makes us so special in our work and creations. Delicacy and perfection in brass forging the acanthus leaves on combine them with brass masterpieces to enhance your home and create the feeling and appearance of luxury and elegance.

Rediscovering the Beauty of Wrought Iron and Brass for Gates and Staircase Railings

Rediscovering the Beauty of Wrought Iron and Brass for Gates and Staircase Railings

More and more people and businesses discover once again the beauty of a wrought iron or a brass entrance gate or staircase railings, and what an effect it has on their properties looks and value.

Already the people in the Antique had recognized that a well forged gate of iron or brass will enhance the impression and value of their house and property and also indicate the visitors or peasants the state of their class in society. The variations of iron or the noble brass had no limits. Some gates or staircases were also covered with gold or silver.
In today’s world however, the art of forging has received little new impetus and has been replaced by the rapidly spreading cast iron technology. The art of forging was almost believed to be dead, as in this century the craft revived unexpectedly and blossomed. It was felt that wrought iron was a more stable material than cast iron. It is true that large quantities of cast iron and brass can be produced cheaply but this mass production entails a loss of individuality. Each wrought iron or brass, on the other hand, has a uniqueness that distinguishes it from everything else.
Even today, more and more people are discovering the beauty of hand-forged iron and brass and how it can improve a house, property or even a yacht.
Elegant staircase railings out of brass will give a house an instant makeover and the feel of wealth and luxury.
There are no limits to the design. You can discover modern, baroque, classic or abstract elements.
We at the Artistry Forge have the knowledge of the ancient art of forging iron and brass and are able to tailor each design to the old handmade style. We are the specialists for iron and brass forging.