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

Repoussé I: “Leaf Processes”

The following is one of several installments that I will post regarding repoussé artist Nahum Hersom’s teachings. This segment of his teaching instructs the student how to prepare and apply a leaf pattern for repoussé work. (Note: I am copying Nahum’s words verbatim. Some references he makes apply to other

Maximizing Your Power Hammer Demo

Note: The image above is only to show what type of hammer will be used for this demo, not an advertisement for the hammer. When: Saturday, March 26th Time: 8:30 AM to 6PM Where: Bighorn Forge, Inc. 4190 Badger Rd. Kewaskum, WI 53040 Cost: $20 to $25 Demonstrator: Steve Parker,

I Am a Blacksmith

In today’s world of mass production, fast food, and high tech, I have chosen a profession that requires a slow, methodical approach. I am a blacksmith. My shop is filled with what most folks would consider as antiques, however they are everyday tools for me. Many of these tools I

The Anvil and God’s Word

Last night I passed beside the blacksmith’s door, And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime; Then looking in, I saw upon the floor, Old hammers, worn with beating years of time. “How many anvils have you had?” says I, “To wear and batter all those hammers so?” “Just one”,

Decorative Iron Switch Covers

Custom Service Hardware, Cedarburg, WI,  is now offering our decorative metal switch covers, as well as outlet covers. (Switch plates and outlet plates.) The switch and outlet covers come in several combinations, as shown below. The height of these covers are 8″ to 8-5/8″. These steel covers are hammer textured,

Baker’s Rack

This bakers rack was delivered to my client today. It is 16″ x 48″ x 96″. The shelves are polished 3/8″ glass. This thickness of glass will support 8 lbs. per square foot. It is entirely hand forged, utilizing mortise and tenon joinery, as well as rivets and collars. The

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