Mark's away at a blacksmith conference which got me thinking about some of his hand-forged ironwork.
This acanthus scroll is an end to a drapery rod:
as is this leaf cluster:
This is an installed drapery rod with custom bracket in a client's home:
Some metalsmiths buy ready-made stamped leaves, tack weld them to a metal rod and call it art. Mark hand forges his pieces. Each detail is shaped by heat, hammer, strength and artistry.
“In other part stood one who, at the forge
Labouring, two massy clods of iron and brass
- John Milton