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 the Villa Terrace collection, will be shown in this book, coupled with works from Colnik’s archives, and existing ironwork in Milwaukee and elsewhere in the country.
Alan Strekow, former president of the “Friends of Villa Terrace”, has put together a hardbound book that is truly in keeping with the Colnik tradition of fineness.
Strekow also worked with me on the Colnik video “Forged Elegance, the Lifework of Master Blacksmith Cyril Colnik”, (Copyright 1998, Bighorn Forge, Inc.) which aired on Wisconsin and Milwaukee Public Television in 1998. (Also available for purchase on DVD thru Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum.)

This book is a must for anyone who forges, or fancies fine ironwork. I believe it will be the one of the finest books published on a master blacksmith, and a wonderful compliment to the video presentation.
Please note: The book is in need of financial backing for publishing. If you wish to make a donation to this non-profit venture, contact Al Strekow at
I will announce the availability of the book through an entry on this blog.
…..Dan Nauman
“Don’t confuse fame with success. Modonna is one, Helen Kellor is the other.”….Erma Bombeck

2 comments to “Colnik Book Soon to be Published”

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  1. Y Marti - February 8, 2011 Reply

    It’s also worth noting that collector Greg Filardo has an amazing collection of all of Cyril Colnik’s patterns. The collection brochure is here:

  2. Igor Zemljic - March 29, 2011 Reply

    It’s a great news and I hope, that it will be possible to buy this book in Europe.

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