Dan Nauman began forging in 1979. He has traveled the US to learn what he can from others about forging. He has operated out of his studio in Kewaskum, Wisconsin since 1987. In 1990, Dan incorporated Bighorn Forge, Inc., and began forging full time in 1993. From 1995 to 2002

Fireplace Tool Retrospective

Today I will show you a retrospective of some of the fireplace tool sets that I have made over the last thirty years. The ribbon-handled set above incorporates repoussé acanthus leaves, and a double calyx. They were made for a home that has wall murals of vines and floral elements.

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

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. Above is a grille, which was later reinstalled on Terrace Avenue in Milwaukee at

Copper Repoussé, Using the “Pitch” Method

“Jacob Marley“; 4″ x 5”, 16 gauge copper, wax finish. The above image is of a copper face that I completed yesterday, using the “pitch” method of repoussé. Some folks refer to this process as “high relief chasing.” In April of this year, Tom Latané of T+C Latané, Pepin, WI,

Blacksmith/Client Relationship I

Photograph by George Lottermoser. The following information may be useful for the blacksmith, as well as for those who wish to commission a blacksmith for a future project. Based on recent dealings with a current client, I would like to take time out from discussing images of ironwork to discuss

Lighting: Candlesticks

  “Candlestick 2005” 7″ x 12-1/2″, Gilders Paste ™ finish, Mild steel. Lighting provides a wide range of opportunity for design. In this post, I will show a few of my favorite candlesticks that I created in the past several years. “Candlestick 2007” 5-1/2″ x 11-1/2″, Gilders Paste ™ finish,

Poolside Gate

The gate in the image above was designed for a client that needed a security gate for an outdoor pool. In Wisconsin, there are several requirements for pool gates in order to meet building codes, designed to keep young children from drowning. One of the features the gate needs to

Behind The Scenes II

This piece, entitled “Escutcheon”, by master blacksmith Cyril Colnik (1871-1958) is one of the finest examples of repoussé that I have ever seen. It is made from 16 gauge (1/16″ thick) iron, demonstrating the elastic nature of iron. This piece, with it’s cherubs, laurels, ribbons, along with a crown with

German Renaissance Style Sign Bracket

Above is a European sign bracket, a fine example the German Renaissance style. It was one of several “tavern style” sign brackets I restored for this client. Below are images taken after sandblasting, revealing the delicate chased details. Above we see a fine example of the whimsical figurines so often