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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Past Artworks
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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.
December 2017 - 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 '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 this piece 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)

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


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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