Master Blacksmiths

Cyril Colnik: Liturgical Ironwork I

Cyril Colnik (1871-1958) was born in Triebein, Austria on September 20th, 1871. He traveled Europe as a journeyman, and later enrolled in to the Munich Indiustrial Art School. Germany adopted him, and sent him to help with their ironwork exhibit at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago. It is

New Horizons in Metal

After forging decorative and architectural ironwork for over 30 years, there seems to be no end to design possibilities in sight. The thrill of discovery, of new forms, of yet untried motifs, has me returning to the drawing board, and consequently to the fire with anticipation. This is the stuff

Behind The Scenes I

Blacksmith Francis Whitaker, (1906 -1999) was in Germany for two years working for Master Blacksmith Julius Schramm. Schramm (1870 – 1945) asked a young Francis how he was to address a specific problem on a stand to hold a large bowl. Francis replied to the master that he would simply

Master Blacksmith Samuel Yellin

Master Blacksmith Samuel Yellin (1885-1940) of Galicia, Poland, came to America in 1906. Probably the best known of the European born master blacksmiths in America, Yellin set up shop in Philadelphia in 1909. His last shop was located on Arch Street. Yellin was a prolific businessman. His shop boasted over

Master Blacksmith Cyril Colnik

Master Blacksmith Cyril Colnik (1871-1958) came to the United States in 1893 along with the German government to the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition. Born on September 20th in Triebein, Austria, Colnik initially studied metalwork locally. According to guild tradition, he then traveled Europe as a journeyman, which brought him to