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The contemporary blacksmith
Meilach, Dona Z.
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Publication Information:
Atglen, PA : Schiffer Pub., [2000]

Physical Description:
vii, 256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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TT220 .M39 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This important new book tackles the burgeoning revival of the blacksmith's art. Author Dona Meilach has brought together over 500 works by nearly 200 artist-craftsmen from sixteen countries to illustrate the unprecedented activity in modern ironwork that has led to its blossoming into a serious art form. You'll learn several techniques using hot and cold forming with the results clearly shown. You'll be able to recognize how a fence, railing, grille, table, chair, knife, and other items evolve, and better appreciate their design and workmanship. Each chapter provides background for the type of objects shown-- architectural ironwork, sculpture, furniture, containers and vessels, lighting fixtures and candleholders, fireplace accessories, wind vanes, household and liturgical items, and the incredible knives made of Damascus steel. You'll find ample information for how and where to begin your own study in this extensive resource list of organizations, Internet sources, publications, museums, and educational opportunities. The Contemporary Blacksmith** undoubtedly should be found in the libraries of every metalworker, art educator, architect, interior designer, ironwares collector, and crafts person.

Author Notes

Dona Z. Meilach is the author of over forty books on art-craft related topics including metal, stone, wood, fibers, collage, printmaking, and others. Dona holds a Master's Degree in Art History from Northwestern University, has created art in many media, and taught art and art history.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Chapter 1 The Artist Blacksmith: Past and Presentp. 9
Art Nouveau Influencesp. 10
Europe: Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, and Germanyp. 10
Americap. 15
The Next Wavep. 18
Another 25 Yearsp. 20
Who Is Making Blacksmithing History Today?p. 24
The Blacksmith's Materialsp. 26
Ironp. 26
Steelp. 27
Non-Ferrous Metalsp. 27
Finishes and Maintenancep. 28
Touchmarksp. 28
The Blacksmith, The Internet, and Computersp. 29
Chapter 2 Tools, Techniques, and Safety Cautionsp. 31
Safetyp. 32
The Forgep. 32
The Anvil and Its Toolsp. 33
Hammers, Tongs, Punches, and Other Toolsp. 33
Mechanical Toolsp. 34
Planningp. 35
Hot Shapingp. 37
Cold Shapingp. 42
Joiningp. 44
Chapter 3 Architectural Ironworkp. 51
Fences, Railings, Grilles, Dividersp. 67
Doors and Door Hardwarep. 81
Chapter 4 Sculpturep. 91
Public Artp. 106
Figurative Sculpturesp. 116
Animals, Flowers, and Objectsp. 128
Chapter 5 Vessels and Containersp. 141
Chapter 6 Furniturep. 155
Chapter 7 Lightingp. 177
Chapter 8 Fireplace Accessoriesp. 197
Chapter 9 Specialty Objectsp. 215
Chapter 10 Blade Smithingp. 231
IntroductionDaryl Meier
Chapter 11 It Is Said ... Artist's Statementsp. 241
Appendixp. 251
A. Bibliography and Selected Readingsp. 251
B. Resourcesp. 251
Organizationsp. 251
Internet Resourcesp. 252
Touchmark Registrationp. 252
Museumsp. 252
Education Opportunitiesp. 252
Publicationsp. 253
C. Suppliersp. 253
Indexp. 255