Birch Point Elk Antler Chandelier

This is the Birch Point Chandelier.  Designed and executed by Dan Nauman.  It was installed May 26, 2016 near Hayward in northern Wisconsin.  I was assisted in the installation by my assistant, Jeremiah Backhaus, who also helped me with some aspects of making this piece.  One of the owners, as

Elk Antler Chandelier “In Progress” Images

This elk-antler chandelier is being made for a “cabin” in northern Wisconsin.  When completed, it will have 15 lamps, and two stained-glass shades, one mounted at the top, and one at the bottom.  There will be added metalwork to mount the shades as well. Stay tuned to see the finished

Forged Lighting and Candlesticks by Dan Nauman

Selected forged lighting, designewd and created by Dan Nauman.  However, the Pabst chandelier above, and the two wall sconces below, are reproductions of work originally made for the mansion, but removed by former owners over the years. The originals were made by Austiran born master blacksmith, Cyril Colnik (1871-1958).

Kitchen Chandelier

This kitchen chandelier was installed this past week.  It is 24″ x 32″ x 17″, mild steel, with a Gilders Paste black finish, with bronze highlights.  All the oak leaves were hand cut, filed, veined, and formed.  The acorns were made with a top and bottom die, filed, and formed. The

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,

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,

Evolution of a Chandelier

“Reproduction Chandelier” , 2004, mild steel, black Gilders paste finish Two of the installations in this blog have dealt with repoussé elements applied to a reproduction of a Cyril Colnik chandelier, made for the “Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion” back in 2004. (See above image.) In this installment, I would like

Repoussé….The Process of “Sinking”

“Candlestick 2005.” 6 1/2″ x 12″, mild steel, black Gilders Paste finish. Photo by George Lottermoser. There are different processes of repoussé, as explained in an earlier discussion here. Today we will take a closer look at the process of sinking. The below-story board shows the development of a bobeche,

French Repoussé: Leaf Development

French repoussé, also called “hammer and stake raising”, is one of several repoussé processes. This method utilizes several small raising hammers, that lightly strike the sheet metal over various stake forms held in a vise. Another process involves “sinking”, by using various punch-like forms to force the sheet metal into