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Repoussé XI: Wood Forming and Misc. Tools for Repoussé

This is s continuing series, consisting of the writings of French repoussé master Nahum Hersom. I have transcribed exactly as Nahum had written, unless indicated by ((double parenthesis)). I photocopied his 8-1/2″ x 14″ workbook at a Kinko’s in Boise, Idaho in 1994.  Unfortunately, some of the information is missing, as the copy “runs...

Repoussé X: Under Tool (Stake) Designs for Repoussé

This is a continuing series, consisting of the writings of French repoussé master Nahum Hersom.  I have transcribed his words exactly, unless indicated by ((double parenthesis)). The following pages are from 8-1/2″ x 14″ pages.  However my scanner can only scan 8-1/2″ x 11″, so I have split the pages into two parts, i.e.,...

Repoussé VIII: Filing, polishing, grinding and finishes

This is a continuation of the writings of French repoussé master, Nahum Hersom. ((My corrections or additions are in double parenthesis…otherwise all are as written by Nahum.)) Filing and Tools Best files for leaf work are 1/2 round 4″. Make second cut with point end not over 1/8″ wider.  Use filing boards held in...

Blacksmith Workshops and Classes in Wisconsin

  “Indeed, learning to forge properly starts here.” Nauman’s Northern School for Blacksmiths (a division of Bighorn Forge, Inc.) offers numerous forging workshops, serving the absolute beginner, as well as those who have years of forging behind them.  These workshops are geared towards a no-nonsense approach to learning the fundamentals of forging.  Expect an...

Liturgical Metalwork for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Fayetteville, NC

I was commissioned by St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fayetteville, NC to create several candle chandeliers, altar candlesticks, paschal candlestick, sanctuary lamp, and an ambo bookrest, all with a Celtic design.  (Candlestick images by George Lottermoser.) Below is a Santuary Lamp (less the cylindrical glass shade) for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Below is the...

Recent Metal Sculpture by Dan Nauman

Dan Nauman, owner and president of Bighorn Forge, Inc., recently participated in the “Fine Furnishings Show” at the “Harley-Davidson Museum” in Milwuakee, WI.  Above is a recent sculpture, entitled, “Nude with Towel.” 6″ x 14-1/2″ x 24″.  Mild steel. Below are two more, “Sculpture #15“, and “Sculpture #16” respectively. Cheers, …Dan Nauman

“Work Book of Patterns” (For Repoussé)

In continuing with my tribute to the late repoussé artisan Nahum Hersom, I am including some of his repoussé patterns in this blog.  I do this as Nahum, as well as his mentors Steven Molnar and Valentin Goelz, wanted this process to be carried on.  Here is Nahum’s dedication statement (I will both type...