Blacksmithing








(c) 2004-2012 Douglas McCormick

 

Family Tradition
My grandfather was a railroad machinist; he boasted that he had worked in every state west of the Mississippi. Once, when we visited him in Sioux Falls, SD, (where he and my grandmother raised my father, his two sisters, and his brother), he took my brother and me to the roundhouse where he used to work. We got to stand in the cab of an enormous diesel locomotive and blow the whistle.
Inspirations
After years of wishing that I could explore history through hot metal, making parts for tall ships like the Gazela (Philadelphia's barkentine, on which I served as volunteer crew for a time) or replicas of ancient weapons, I finally started blacksmithing during the summer of 2005, with a beginners' course, taught by Dick Sargent at the Peters Valley Craft Center. After we moved to New York, I started enrolling whenever I could in Marsha Trattner's Creative Blacksmithing classes at School of Visual Arts' Continuing Education program.
Projects
Basket of Welded Iron Rods
Iron Basket, 14" diameter.
Assorted rod.
"Lo!" Candlestick (Miranda Dubner Photo)
"Lo!" Candlestick.
1/4" square bar.
"Penny-Farthing" Candlestick
"Pennyfarthing" Candlestick.
1/8" round bar
Web and Spider
Iron Web with Wire Spider.