The art of artistic forging

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30.11.2019

Metal processing traditions

The creative aspirations of blacksmiths, who have chosen steel, copper, bronze, brass and aluminum as the basis for their creations, open up the possibility of the birth of unique objects. Aesthetically comparable to good rings, pendants and earrings made by jewelers. The only difference between them is that the raw materials used by the latter are more expensive. High-quality detailing, sophistication of lines, this is what these professions have in common.

Forging is considered a separate category of metal structures that carry exclusively utilitarian functions. Ladders, fences, bridges, garden pavilions and street lamps are self-sufficient and without an admixture of artistry, without decorative frills. But after all, some people are inherent in a craving for beauty, and in every citizen, to one degree or another, there lives a painter, musician or poet. It is impossible to imagine society without culture, let alone its perspective. That is why ordinary rooms are transformed, acquiring an elegant look.

The creators and specialists of the workshop have chosen an amazing path for themselves, born of inspiration, love for work and the creation of splendor. Hot forging, in its correct understanding, is not only and not so much a business as philosophy, craftsmanship and creation. Forge, anvil and hammer can transform into a brush and easel in skillful hands, and iron into paint. This magic requires a number of components, the most important of which is creative thinking. The owners of this treasure are undoubtedly the exception to the rule, and the rare forge can serve as a suitable abode for true metal and sculpture artists. As a result, works of true significance are also not for everyone. The industrial production of rushes, curls, leaves, flowers, volutes and balusters differs from hand-forged as well, Soviet port from French wine and Muscovite from Mercedes.

For many people who want to decorate their homes and plots, front and adjacent areas, forged elements and a welding inverter become a good money saving, especially during periods of crisis that occur regularly in the economy. But at the same time, it is certainly impossible to call stamping art. In recent years, there are fewer artisans, and the professionalism of hammers is being replaced by a symbiosis of welding and cold stamped blanks, produced in colossal quantities on Chinese equipment. The reason for this is that many craftsmen adapt to demand, ceasing to improve in their work, spending months on replicating fairly simple products that do not require unique skills. Consequently, there is an ossification of craftsmen with a certain, often low qualification, with which you cannot create exclusive crafts of high value. At an elementary initial level, perhaps most of the locksmiths of St. Petersburg and Moscow will cope with firmware, disembarkation and broaching, but with chasing and non-ferrous metal things are somewhat sadder, as well as with gilding operations, the use of gold leaf and accurate patinating.

History of art forging

The mastery of forging has its origins in ancient times. Ever since humanity entered the Bronze Age and the first metallurgists appeared, experiments with shaping metal products have not stopped. Over time, the skill of sculptors evolved, new tools and methods of deformation, grinding, cutting, hardening and corrosion protection appeared. Of course, the initial progress concerned swords, spears, axes, armor and military equipment. In addition, blacksmiths made agricultural implements, dishes, cutlery, knives and various household utensils.

But, nevertheless, the attraction to beauty has always been present in man. That is why, starting from the Renaissance, in a general impulse with the development of other areas of art, the processing of ferrous metal began to actively develop. In this discipline, the Russian Empire did not lag behind other developed countries, as evidenced by the numerous forged products of palaces and mansions of capitals and regional centers, created in abundance between the 18th and 20th centuries. Of course, St. Petersburg at that time, the heart of the country, was a trendsetter in architectural design and interior design, as it was the place of the predominant residence of the imperial family and persons close to them.

I must say that in our time, Peter is recognized as one of the main epicenters of the formation of blacksmithing, not only on a national but also an international scale. However, today this handicraft branch has greatly squandered its artistic origin, mainly in favor of the mass segment of the market. Today, even here, a very small number of professionals are able to manufacture luxury and deluxe iron products, who, despite the economic expediency, are still creators.

Preservation and enhancement of centuries-old traditions is one of the priority goals for us. Employees gained experience by studying metal processing technologies, developed their skills, focusing on the most successful blacksmith companies in Europe and America, adopting the knowledge of Russian colleagues. Modern techniques, professional equipment and a raw material base have greatly facilitated the difficult craft of metalworking, made it possible to create highly artistic works much faster than a century ago, more reliable and more durable.

The mission of a professional blacksmith

“Art Forge” demonstrates an unusual approach to organizing a blacksmith manufacture, relying not on the market demand, but on the offer of exclusive and complex piece things that have not only practical but also artistic heritage. Creation of your own style and the absence of boundaries in your creative search allow you to work with different materials, harmoniously combining stone and wood with a steel frame into unique ensembles. In addition, in the designs of the maestro, others are used, atypical for hot-forged compositions, such as leather and fabric. Despite the difference in their properties and visual qualities, they are well intertwined into a single symphony.

The latest building innovations provide advantages in erecting gray, impersonal boxes of glass and concrete in huge volumes, providing millions of square meters of residential and commercial space for tens and hundreds of thousands of new settlers. This is great, but there is an alternative of great pieces, the birth of aesthetically perfect combinations of metal, wood, stone and glass pieces.

The implementation of such projects is our fundamental idea, and the desire to recreate masterpieces was an important mover for the entire team.

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