PAST WORK by the Wareham Forge, the work of Artisan Blacksmith Darrell Markewitz of Ontario Canada.
Representing some 40 years of hand forged metalworks, ranging from historically accurate reproductions, functional tools and blades, decorative and sculptural objects. Many unique objects have yet to find a treasured home.
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Over a lifetime as an artisan, you can expect to gather a collection of objects, which for one reason or another, never find the owner you had hoped for.
Selling a thing is a much different skill than Making a thing. I am like most artisans - at heart a Maker, not a salesman.

This is rarely a comment on the quality of the object, or the originality of its design. Most often it is a measure of just not being able to physically place a piece where just the right person will see it, and connect with it.

Art Bowls
Decorative Sculptural Garden Bladesmithing Art Bowls

An attempt will be made to keep the offerings current.
In some cases, the descriptions here refer to the current appearance of the object.
February 2018 - this plate currently under production!

Smaller Scale Objects
Where Design may supersede Function...

'Segmented Funeral Urn'

forged and fabricated wrought iron,
forged copper plate
Fall - 2008

" The body of the urn is composed of a number of individually hand forged strips of antique wrought iron ... Actual historic wrought iron has been chosen for the construction because of its excellent forging characteristics and special durability. The metal itself is already some 150 years old and should easily endure for centuries more. A fitting resting place for the memories of one past beyond us. "
(from the catalogue description for 'Segmented Urn' for the exhibit 'Grave Goods')

As finished, the piece weighs 17 kg (that's almost 40 lbs). It stands 38 cm tall and is about 23 cm wide (15 x 9 inches). The inner volume is a cylinder roughly 25 cm tall by 10 cm diameter = 2500 cc (10 x 4 inches).

The complete description of 'Segmented Funeral Urn', with notes on its creation, can be found HERE.
'Spine Bench'
# 2

forged mild steel / Paduk wood top
Summer 2010

The inspiration for 'Spine Bench' started with seeing fish skeletons washed up along a beach. Imagine a series of curved ribs, linked along a spine. But here the creature has not yet develped a boney spine like modern animals, but instead has a cable like nerve cord, twined together to permit maximum flexibility. The individual ribs are made from aggressively forged flat bar. To finish, the metal is painted a dark chocolate brown.
Initially the piece had a top of 3 inch thick solid pine, but a better balance was found with a thinner single plank of African Paduk wood. One end of the plank had been eatten away by termites, a distortion that adds to the primitive feel of the table.
The finished table stands about 18 inches tall, with the top about 15 inches wide by 48 long (38 x 40 x 120 cm)

forged structural
channel & angle Winter 2012


'Structural' is an example of my observations on the techniques and uses of materials from early Art Nouveau forged work. In the late 1800's, new structural materials became widely available. Industrial profiles like U shapped channel and V shaped angle. Of course the artisans of the time would 'explode' the ends of these strong supporting shapes, then forge the many flat segments thus created.
I had been initially approached by someone wanting an even larger floor stand candelabra (who then balked at the cost). I took some of the concepts I had been drafting and created this 'smaller' object.

'Structural' has its three legs each formed from a section of 1 x 1" angle laid inside 1 x 1 1/2" channel, each forged to spread wider (to 2 3/4"). The ends of all these have been cut open and forged into a series of tapered reversal curves (total of five elements, both ends of each leg). The top is formed to contain a 3" diameter pillar candle, the one seen in this image is 10" tall. The total height is 32 inches, with the spread of the legs at roughly 17" a side.

'Massive' series

range of sizes and shapes :
$45 to $90

'Compacted' series

range of sizes and shapes :
$45 to $75

In 2013 I invested both coin and considerable time into building a 30 ton hydraulic press for the workshop. The primary reason was to asssist in compacting blooms from my iron smelting work. The immense power of the press suggested other forming possilities, which I started to slowly explore. The raw power needed to be carefully controlled, but could allow for the creation of forms difficult for me to accomplish with simple 'one man power'.

the 'Massive' series required some experiments in tools and forming dies. Heavy solid blocks of steel are deformed and shapped, with sockets created that hold a standard 3/4 decorative candle. Although the results seem simple enough, the real surprise comes when the considerable mass of each is found when they are picked up.

the 'Compacted' series starts with large diameter, steel pipe or structural tube. By controlling the application of temperaure, distorted and wrinkled shapes can be be formed under the press. Ideal as unique containers, or holding pillar candles as seen.

'Hanger for my Autumn Coat & Hat'

forged angle & mild steel with decorative paint
Summer 2008


This piece was created specifically for the Gallery presentation at the annual 'Quad State Roundup' held in September by Ohio Forge & Anvil. (This is a large regional blacksmith's event, attracting well over 1000 participants.)
Every year, in addition to the open categories that display contemporary work, they announce a special theme. That year, the theme was 'hanger'. I normally try to play with theme, concentrating on design concepts, rather than shear technical prowess.

'Hanger for my Autumn Coat & Hat' is a smaller piece, 11 inches at widest and 27 inches long. It uses various application of the shouldering tool to crimp and create 3-D profiles. The piece is painted a very dark brown, with copper highlights in the inside of the 'feathers'.
medusa 'Blue Medusa'

mild steel with decorative paint / commercial glass insert
Spring 2017

Several years back, I had purchased a set of these deep blue cylinders of blown glass, in three different sizes / proportions.
When teaching, I end up with a lot of 1/2 and 3/8 diameter round rod, with long tapering cylindrical points (technique being illustrated). What to do with these?
The inspiration was to forge the points into snake like combinations of spirals and reversal curves. These were then bundled together to create a basket like support around the glass form. The metal has been painted here a dark blue to echo the glass.

'Blue Medusa' stands 36 cm / 14 inches,
the base is roughly 33 x 28 cm / 13 x 11 inches
The glass insert is 18 x 13 cm / 7 x 5 inches

Garden Accents
Imagination inspired by Nature
"Autumn Grass Arbour"
Winter 2004
Repainted 2015

forged mild steel and angle, decorative paint



This highly forged sculptural piece was intended to act as wall mounted arbour to support roses or other flowering plants. It features the use of the 'feather' technique - aggressively forged angle into the central plant shapes. The total height of this piece is about 1.65 m (5 ft 6 inches).
After transporting and exhibiting at a number of major shows, the original painted surface was in need of renewing. In 2015 I re-painted it using a dark green colour overall, with a more subtle use of a lighter green along the main uprights and flash of copper inside the 'feathers'.

Further images can be found on the Garden Features sheet


Functional / Durable
Designs for a Lifetime of Service

layered seax
layered seax
Hector's Bane : Finished - with etched surfaces
hector's polished
Hector's Bane : with original polished surface

'Hector's Bane'
Spring 2012

bloomery iron / carbon steel core
$ 1000 - this item available

'Hector's Bane' shows a combination of infulences:
The unique nature of bloomery iron is featured by deliberately allowing the natural flaws of a raw bloom to remain. This has been emphisized by etching the finished surface, the mottled greys indicating variations in carbon content within the material.
To create an effective cutting edge, the two half pieces of one bloom have been forge welded on to a hard carbon steel core.
The blade shape was inspired by ancient Greek *bronze* knives. 

26 x 4.5 x .7 cm overall / blade 16 cm

hectors outline


antique wrought iron
$ 150 - Interested?

Before the modern age, iron was valuable, just as a raw material. Old objects were commonly returned to the blacksmith to be 'recycled' into new objects. I had this small piece of scrape wrought iron, most likely originally a piece of hinge strap or wagon fitting. There was already a hole punched into one end of the bar. I chose to re-forge the bar, leaving the now distorted hole open. You can also see several shear line cracks from imperfections in the old metal, which I chose not to re-weld closed.  Loosely, the shape of this smaller knife was inspired by my earlier work with one piece kitchen knives.
Once polished, the blade surface was lightly etched. The resulting pattern is created by slight variations in carbon content within the original wrought iron.
'Darkness Take You'
Summer 2015

water hardened mild steel with steel inlay
hemp cord wrap

$ 250 - Interested?

'Darkness Take You' was another attempt to have some fun with the mental image of clumsy Orcs, toiling away in the dankness of Saurman's Isengard. (see 'Orc Knife', further down here)
The blade is deliberately roughly forged and only semi-polished, ground to a 'display' thinness on the edge.
It also uses a special 'inlay' technique I have been experimenting with. Close examination will pick out the text 'Good Day to Die' and 'Darkness Take You' - in the language and runes used by the Uruk-Hai.

total 65 cm / 25 1/2 inches
blade 53 x 5 x .6 cm / 21x 2 x 3/16 inches
weight is 1100 gm / 38 oz

Art Bowls
Patterns - Contours - Shapes
Almost too beautiful to fill...

segmented bowl
Segmented Bowl 2
Winter 2011
welded then forged mild steel plate
$175 - this item available

Here a series of plates were rough cut with a torch. The individual plates are welded together, in this case with weld seams deliberately rough and applied on both the back, and visible top, surfaces. One of these seams was folded 'backwards' to create the ridge visible just off centre. Finally the attached surface was forged to the bowl shape.
24 x 19 cm, top edge 8 cm high

segmented 3
Segmented Bowl 3
Winter 2012
forged and welded mild steel
$200 - this item available

This smaller bowl is more true to the basic technique employed by the Japanese blacksmith Takayoshi Komin. A number of narrow but thick, uniform length bars are welded on the back and ground flush. The plate thus produced is then heavily hot dished to create the bowl form.
16 x 12 cm, top edge 9 cm high
segmented 4

'Points' - Segmented Bowl 4

forged and welded mild steel
$200 - this item available

Again a series of narrow triangular shapes retain ragged edges from torch cutting.
25 x 18 cm, top edge 15 cm high
lines 3
Knott Celtic Bowl 3
Spring 2011
patterned and forged mild steel plate
$ 175 - this item available

Continues the series. On this piece, the natural fire scale surface was left after forging, but still sealed with varithane for functional use.
22 x 15 cm, top edge 10 cm
bullseye bowl

Bulls Eye Bowl

Spring 2015
patterned and forged mild steel plate
$ 200 - this item available

More exploration of the 'lines' technique. Here there was less hammering over the lines, leaving a more textured surface
25 x 20 cm, top edge 8 cm
off centre bowl
Off Centre Bowl
Spring 2015
patterned and forged mild steel plate
$ 200 - this item available

On this piece, the lines are laid as a 'starburst' pattern, radiating from one side of the original rectangular plate. The dishing process then echoed this, creating an offset oval form. There is a small flat sprial leg under the shallow side for support.
25 x 15 cm, top edge 7 cm
deep dish bowl
Deep Dish Bowl
Spring 2015
patterned and forged mild steel plate
$ 200- this item available

The lines laid here are more random in pattern. The starting plate was a pronounced lens shape, with one edge rough cut by torch. In the forging process, the shape created has a deep, flat bottom, the points curved under.
20 x 13 cm, top edge 7 cm
green bowl
Green Lines Bowl
Fall 2015
patterned and forged mild steel plate, paint
$ 200 - this item available

A number of elements within this series continues : torch cut edges, decorative lines flattened, dishing and raising plate. An extra addition here is the use of 'dry rub' paint. A dark green paint was rubbed over the textured surface, then wiped clean. This results in subtle colour, mainly caught in the lines and forge marks.
26 x 21 cm, top edge 8 cm
bloom bowl 4
Bloom Bowl 4
August 2014
forged bloomery iron
$ 800 - this item available

The starting iron bloom was produced in smelt #24, June 2007. The hemi-spherical mass was first flattened to a plate, with the ragged edges and textures of the parent bloom retained. For a full description of the complex creation process of this object, see the blog post.
15 x 12 cm, top edge 7 cm high

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