Artist Statement

The immediacy of the process of forging, in which each blow of the hammer yields change to glowing metal, impressed and intrigued me from the very beginning. I crave to share what I have learned and what I have cultivated into what I create; to convey to the audience the excitement and the energy of what […]

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Custom Projects

My experience from working with numerous styles and metals allows me to design and create something unique for your home, office, or landscape. If you have a need for some special metalwork, I will be happy to speak with you about your project(s).

“The Witch of November”

“The Witch of November” I recently completed this maquette, designed for a client whose home overlooks Lake Michigan from atop the bluffs.  My goal was to capture the essence of the Autumn gales (swirling winds and water), dubbed “the witch of November” by the mariners of the Great Lakes region. I had already made several […]

Processional Cross: New Images

Here are two professionally shot images of the Processional Cross that was made for St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Forestville, WI.  Images taken by George Lottermoser, of Lottermoser and Associates, Germantown, WI. This piece is mild steel, hand-forged, and has a Gilders Paste (TM) finish. The fleur-de-lis pieces are of French repousse’,  made from 18 […]

Processional Cross

Processional Cross.  17″ x 24″ x 96″.  Mild steel, Gilder’s Paste finish.  Main bars are 5/16″ square, and there are roughly 40 forge-welds in this project.  The French repousse” process was used to make the fleur-de-lis, rosettes, and button husks.  The 43″ tubular staff lifts off the base for processions.  made for St. peter’s Lutheran […]

Birch Point Elk Antler Chandelier

This is the Birch Point Chandelier.  Designed and executed by Dan Nauman.  It was installed May 26, 2016 near Hayward in northern Wisconsin.  I was assisted in the installation by my assistant, Jeremiah Backhaus, who also helped me with some aspects of making this piece.  One of the owners, as well as his friend who […]


Dan Nauman first put a hammer blow to hot iron in the historic shop in Cedarburg’s Cedar Creek Settlement in 1979. He has the pleasure of designing and forging chandeliers, wall sconces, fireplace tools, railings, gates, tables, sign brackets, door hardware, arbors, and much more for numerous homes and mansions.  Most notably, he has made […]

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