|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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Sculptural Series Work
|'Atlantic Realm' is a series of pieces based on
ideas spawned from my various trips out to the East Coast. (The image used
in the title block above was taken the first time I saw an ocean, off Cape
Breton in 1978). |
I love beach combing. Not only is the environment itself cleansing for me (regardless of the weather), I have always be fascinated by the undersea world. (I started skin diving at about age 10.)
These are in fact some of the very first purely sculptural pieces I created (as opposed to objects where function was the primary criteria).
|These pieces represent an ongoing series of designs,
based on fossil fish and ancient sea creatures. Aggressively forged steel
bars are pinched and folded to create spines and other bone like shapes.
A long student of armour making, and interested in both fossils and insects
since I was a child, my past work with hammered sheet was turned to forming
bony plates, skulls and fins.
Shale in SE British Columbia is an absolutely unique deposit, rich in
fossils, which dates to roughly 500 million years ago. First, the fine silt
which eventually turned to stone has faithfully recorded even the soft tissues
of the animals that once lived there. And what animals! Creatures from the
'Cambrian Explosion' show a bewildering array of types and body plans. The
result of sudden evolution after a major extinction event, most types never
survived into later ages. Some are so strange, so outright bizarre, that
to our modern eyes they look to be the product of a crazed dream. The pieces
in this newer series are inspired by these wonderful fossils.
Who is Darrell Markewitz?