Master Blacksmiths

Cyril Colnik, Man of Iron

Milwaukee, WI I am pleased to announce that finally, a book on famed master blacksmith, Cyril Colnik (1871-1958) has been published, and is available for purchase. Alan J. Strekow, of Hales Corners, WI, has compiled a plethora of fine images of Colnik’s works, drawings, sketches and blueprints, along with commentary for a truly fine...

Forged Elegance, The Lifework of Master Blacksmith Cyril Colnik

“Forged Elegance, the Lifework of Master Blacksmith Cyril Colnik” (Copyright 1998, Bighorn Forge, Inc.) is a video presentation about the work and life of the famed master blackmsith Cyril Colnik (1871-1958). Cyril Colnik was born in Austria, and came to the United States via the “Chicago Columbian Exposition” (World’s Fair) in 1893. This video...

Colnik Book Soon to be Published

I am pleased to announce that after decades of waiting, a fine book detailing Cyril Colnik’s life and ironwork is finally to be published. VIlla Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is home to two galleries containing Colnik’s works, including his famous “Masterpiece.” “Masterpiece” (above) The Masterpiece, along with several other fine works by Colnik in...

Images of Master Blacksmith Cyril Colnik

Cyril Colnik (1871-1958) came to America in 1893 to help the German government set up their ironwork display at the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893. Born in Austria, Colnik traveled Europe to refine his forging skills. Today, I will share some rare images of Colnik, as well as his wife, Marie (Merz) Colnik, whom...

Master Blacksmith Francis Whitaker

Greetings, and Happy New Year. 20 years ago today, I was enroute by train to study with master blacksmith Francis Whitaker (1906-1999) in Carbondale, CO. Francis referred to himself as “a link with the past,” as he was one of the few remaining true blacksmiths alive when the forging renaissance began in the early...

Cyril Colnik Outdoor Ironwork II

Once again we shall visit the ironwork of master blacksmith Cyril Colnik (1871-1958.) Note to my readers: To enlarge an image, simply click on the desired image. The image above is a mailbox made for Maria Pabst, wife of the famed Milwaukee beer baron Captain Frederick Pabst. This piece is not at the Pabst...

Cyril Colnik Ironwork for Sale

I am offering three pieces by master blacksmith Cyril Colnik (1871-1958.) I am making a strong effort to sell these items. Cyril Colnik came from Austria to America during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, known as the “Columbian Exposition.” He later set up shop in Milwaukee, and provided some of the finest homes in...

Cyril Colnik Outdoor Architectural Ironwork I

Today we will again explore the work of master blacksmith Cyril Colnik (1871-1958), and Austrian immigrant who settled in Milwaukee in 1894. Note to my readers: To enlarge these images, simply click on the desired image. When the new image appears, click on that image to get an enlargement to study the fine details....

Cyril Colnik: Liturgical Ironwork II

This is the second installment of master blacksmith Cyril Colnik’s liturgical ironwork from my archives. Unfortunately, these images have no indication on them as to where these pieces were installed. The image above shows several fine pieces; candlesticks, a prie-dieu (prayer kneeler), *, and what appears to be an eternal light, (or sanctuary lamp*)...