forms such as vines, leaves and flowers also
translate into the unique nature of the steel.
The semi-fluid nature of
the steel when its hot allows the flow of
these modern designs. When
cold, the strength of the steel permits the
long self supporting lines
that are common in the plant world. Plant
motifs have been a common
design element in the mirrors and furniture
that David has designed for
his customers. Furniture with more classical
lines but still containing
characteristic forged elements not found in
commercial furnishings, has
become a new interest.
he was commissioned to create a public art
piece . South Hampton,Ontario, Gateway To The
Arts. This was a large arch way with native
Ontario flowers on the two supporting columns.
Since 1994 David has been teaching various courses at his workshop. These include Basic and Intermediate Blacksmithing, Pattern Welding, as well as custom courses to aid smiths in specific areas of development.
Over the Years David has been called upon to create a number of reproductions for museums including the Royal Ontario Museum, and period re-in-actors. He previously supplied Newfoundland Tourism with a Bronze reproduction Ring Pin. This is one of the identifying artifacts of the L'anse aux Meadows Viking site.
David's research has led him from pre-Britain Celts through the ages to the end of the 19th century. Although mild steel is the metal he most commonly works with, David has worked with bronze, copper , brass, and silver and gold.
In 1996 David was honored to be chosen Folk Artist In Residence for Joseph Schneider Haus in Kitchener, Ontario. This position required creating a gallery showing called The Schneider's and the Smiths, which chronicled tools and techniques used by blacksmiths from ancient to modern times.
As well David did a lecture series on Smithing Though the Ages and workshops and demonstrations. This position also required further research into the 19th century Mennonite culture especially related to motifs used by the blacksmith.
David has also had his artwork on display in various galleries in both Canada and The United States.Most recently he has displayed work in
R.R. #2 Cargill, Ontario,
Hand Forged Ironwork Gallery
Air Hammer For Sale
Custom Wrought Iron Work
Retail and Wholesale
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