|Welcome to the Wareham Forge,
the work of Artisan Blacksmith Darrell Markewitz of Ontario Canada. Here
traditional hand forged techniques are blended with original custom designs
to create distinctive objects for garden or architecture. (What is called
'wrought iron work' by some.) A specialist in the Viking Age, creating reproductions
for Museums and re-enactors. Offering training courses various aspects of
Metalsmithing, plus instructional DVD's.
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Atlantic Realm No. 1
Spring - 2007
(this object available - $150)
Although its been many years, that one object was certainly the initial spark that grew to the entire 'Songs of Ancient Oceans' series.
The pinches and swellings along this long tapered bar, with its intricate folds at the base, were suggested by that natural form. The metal has been left with its 'right out of the forge' fire scale surface. (Image shows the detail of the base)
Atlantic Realm No. 2
Spring - 2008
This piece was a bit of whimsy, rather than a more pre-meditated design. I will often end up with interesting off cuts from other projects. In this case I had a handful of these interestingly sculpted pieces when I cut down a set of hand rail elements to fit their frame. The pieces brought to mind strange squid or fish tail fins. I welded each to an length of round rod, each ending with a centred circle loop. These were linked together, inspired by the fish hook chains we had used as kids to hold our afternoon's catch.
Atlantic Realm No. 3
Forged mild steel, re-bar with Natural stone
(this object available - $350)
There is a spot far up the Northern Pennisula in Newfoundland that I always stop at - Eddie's Cove. Its not the absolute best spot for beach combing along that route, but dependably over the trips I almost always stop there - and almost always spot something interesting.
On my trip out in August 2010, a number of pieces of kelp had washed
up on the beach there. I had recently worked up a major piece (for
/ Maxwell project) based on kelp. Those might have been a bit
different if I had seen some actual samples of the stuff! Although
my earlier work had always meant to be stylized, I was struck by the
series of pockets running up the lengths of the fronds. In the water,
these are small pouches filled with air, which help keep the plant
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