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.
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In today’s world however, the art of forging has received little new impetus and has been replaced by the rapidly spreading cast iron technology.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.
What makes life and living on this planet so interesting is the diversity that is been offered to us.
In our business, there are so many different styles we can work with. There is baroque, classic, modern and abstract just to name a few. And of course, a lot of designers have their very own style we forge. We at the Artistry Forge always loved the challenges designers and architects confronted us with. For many years we where known for our excellency in baroque brass forging. Baroque is the most difficult style to forge because you will be using all the different forging techniques. Because of our baroque style experience and excellency forging other styles is easy for us. It is tricky to forge brass. The art of forging brass lies in the perfect moment, that is when this alloy has the perfect temperature to be shaped. This moment is very short and a person needs to be fast and accurate. Is the alloy brass to hot it will get a liquid like texture which is great to cast. If the alloy brass is to cold it will break while being shaped.
Having the baroque brass forging down to perfection is the essence to forge any style and design out of brass with ease. We love what we do and we have to say we are very proud of what we do and it shows in our work.
Our master craftsmen are always happy to get projects that will challenge them. They know their craft very well and will help and give their thoughts on any design represented to them. Staircase railings, entry gates, doors, fences whatever your project is fell free to contact us for an estimate. Looking forward hearing from you.