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George Rickey: The Early Works

Davidson III

Rickey's fascinating sculptural oeuvre spans a fifty-three-year period (1949-2002) and is incredibly diverse. This book is concerned exclusively with the early indoor sculptures from the first twenty-five years of Rickey's output. With over 380 photos covering the artist's early innovations, we get an intimate and more complete picture of his artistic diversity than ever before. This book lays a firm foundation to an understanding of the artist's creative intentions, and carefully categorizes the works into 35 chapters. Many of the works are published here for the first time.

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Heintz Art Metal

McConnell

The American Arts and Crafts Movement flourished briefly but brilliantly during the early years of the twentieth century. It was during this era that the Heintz Art Metal Shop and its successor the Smith Metal Arts Company (Silver Crest) produced decorative bronze wares of the highest quality. Today's avid interest in Arts and Crafts furnishings and accessories has collectors searching for examples made by these two firms.

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Heritage in Iron, A

Routson

The purpose of the book is to honor the blacksmiths, designers, and builders of the Double Shoe Cattle Company; to celebrate the Western lifestyle; and to preserve and document the efforts involved in the projects.Some notable blacksmiths honored are Francis Whitaker, Howard McCall, Linda Rosi, Marty Moews, Bob Bergman, Rod Pickett, Glen Gilmore, Warren Gibbs, John and Rob Thompson and Smyth Boone.

Blacksmiths, mountain cowboys, timber frame artisans, and classic American craftsmanship are celebrated through the pages of A Heritage in Iron, featuring two ranches in southwest Colorado.

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Ironwork Today 2: Inside and Out

Snyder

Hundreds of beautiful color photos display the varied, impressive iron artwork from today's artist-blacksmiths. See a variety of styles, from Modern to Victorian, in original works for homes, offices, and public spaces. This metal art ranges in scope from massive public monuments to small, everyday objects and includes sculpture, gates, railings, furniture, lighting fixtures ranging from chandeliers to lamps and candleholders, doors, locks, and more. Concise text introduces each artist and their work. This book is the second in a series pioneered by the late Dona Meilach and provides readers familiar with her work with a new look at some of the artists they have come to know as well as an introduction to artists not previously known. This book will quickly become a prized possession, critical reference, and inspiration for homeowners, designers, artists, and blacksmiths alike.

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Ironwork Today 3: Inside and Out

Snyder

Over 450 vivid color photos provide a sweeping overview of the amazing range of iron artwork being created by 82 of today’s artist-blacksmiths. These works in metal are found in public spaces, offices, and homes. They vary in size from small, everyday objects to staggering public monuments. The pieces, discussed by the artists who made them, include sculpture, gates, railings, furniture, lighting fixtures, doors, locks, and much more. This book, the third in an ongoing series, has artwork arranged by the artist alphabetically, rather than in categories. This allows readers to see the full scope of each artist’s work together on adjoining pages. Here readers will find some artists whose work they have seen in other books in this series; others they are meeting for the first time. This book will be a prized reference guide and source of inspiration for homeowners, designers, artists, and blacksmiths as a fascinating snapshot of current trends in this dynamic, growing field of artistic endeavor.

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Ironwork Today 4: Inside and Out

Mallette

Hundreds of detailed color photos provide a sweeping overview of the wide range of iron artwork being created by over 90 of today’s artist-blacksmiths. These fascinating works of art in metal are found in homes, offices, and public spaces alike. They vary in size from small, everyday objects to impressive public monuments. The pieces, discussed by the artists who made them, include sculpture, gates, railings, furniture, andirons, lighting fixtures, doors, door knockers, and much more. This book, the fourth in an ongoing series, has artwork arranged by the artist alphabetically, rather than in categories. This allows readers to see the full scope of each artist’s work on adjoining pages. Here readers will find some artists whose work they have appreciated in other books in this series; others they are discovering for the first time. This book will be a valued reference guide and inspiration source for homeowners, designers, artists, and blacksmiths as a fascinating snapshot of the current trends in this vibrant, growing, changing field of artistic endeavor.

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Ironwork Today: Inside & Out

Meilach

Here is an exciting foray into the world of the artist-blacksmith. Dona Z. Meilach discovers the growing numbers of men and women who revel in lighting up a forge and shaping hot, malleable iron into beautiful, useful objects. Blacksmiths today make both monumental and modest architectural accompaniments, from public art to an infinite number of items we encounter every day. With this book, you will gain an appreciation of the medium and its creators, and realize that blacksmiths do much more than shoe horses. Over 480 color photographs highlight objects for indoor and outdoor use, including fences, railings, gates, doors, sculpture, furniture, lighting fixtures, candle holders, and more.

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Ironwork: Dynamic Details

Meilach

Here is an exceptional insight into the unique ironwork created by today’s artist-blacksmiths. Over 250 color photographs display details of contemporary iron objects, including flowers, grape clusters, leaves, small and large animals that attest to the blacksmith’s role as a sculptor. There are amazing scrolls, folds, twists, textures, and weaves not normally associated with the hard material. With heat, hammer, talent, and muscle, the modern artist-blacksmith is forging exciting forms that permeate our surroundings. The casual viewer may often overlook details of small elements used to create a magnificent whole. Dona Z. Meilach shows how focusing on the iron details of flowers, leaves, and amazing critters makes ordinary fences, gates, and chandeliers extraordinary.

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Italian Ironwork Medieval : Renaissance : Baroque : Neo Classical

 

Italian ironwork from Roman times, through Medieval centuries, and up to Neo Classical designs of the early nineteenth century comprise this collection of 100 photographs from Italian sources. They depict trellises, grilles, gates, fencing, household lighting, fireplace accouterments, and door hardware that will inspire today's designers. Their origins in hill towns of Italy are recorded for many images. This is authentic ironwork for contractors, decorators, and homeowners to enjoy.

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Karl Blossfeldt: The Alphabet of Plants

Mattenklott

With an Essay by Gert Mattenklott

"Karl Blossfeldt's interest in the plant world was of an artistic and didactic nature: he was fascinated by the structure of plants, their organic configuration, and their lofty artistic form. He wanted to illustrate and compare in a photographic style that could be described as strictly objective, almost graphic.

His goal was to to create a catalog of forms for the benefit of artists, artisans, and above all, architects. This then would provide them with a book of instruction and models to guide them in their designs." 

Plant life has for ever had a strong influence on blacksmith designs. From these pictures flows a forceful stream of inspirations also to the modern  blacksmith.

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Karl Blossfeldt:The Complete Published Work

Hans Christian Adam

Taschen 25th Anniversary

German photography pioneer Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) photographed plants so beautifully, and with such originality, that his work transcends the medium itself. Over more than 30 years, he took thousands of photographs, revealing a formally rigorous talent whose precision and dedication bridge the nineteenth and twentieth century worlds of image making and bring a distinctly sculptural aspect to a firmly two-dimensional art form. Beautifully but starkly composed against plain cardboard backgrounds, Blossfeldt's images, relying on a northern light for their sense of volume, reveal nothing of the man but everything of themselves. They are still-lifes, piercingly final statements on their subject, and have endured owing to their technical brilliance and the ongoing fascination of students and photographers. Like their maker, they are quietly and lastingly effective.

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Leben und Arbeiten am Wasser (Immenstadt) Full Color

HEPHAISTOS

This is "the magazine" to the European sculptors and designers and covers their exhibitions. This exhibition was in Immenstadt in the Allgäu in 2002. The cover shows a large metal sculpture depicting life positively as an echo on the water. With an abundance of outstanding photos of all issued work, detailed information on material and technology as well as detailed portrait of all involved metal designers. It delivers a colorful kaleidoscope of the styles with representatives of all generations. In addition there is a detailed supplement with a list of all issuers and its addresses.

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Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa

Matthieu Cheminée

With little more than an anvil and a small box of tools, successive generations of jewelers in West Africa have developed a style of working in silver and gold renowned the world over. While many books have been published documenting jewelry artifacts of Africa, few have documented the makers, their process and their traditions—until now.

Part technical guide, part anthropological study, Legacy offers a glimpse into the daily lives and work habits of the jewelers of West Africa. Author Matthieu Chiminée traveled to seven countries, interviewed hundreds of craftsmen and took thousands of photographs over the course of a decade to compile this comprehensive resource. While metalsmiths in the West will be fascinated and humbled by the techniques presented here, all readers will glean insight into African culture and art as they stand today, a legacy from ancestors.

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Life Force at the Anvil: The Blacksmith's Art from Africa

Joyce

This book depicts over 50 unique pieces of African forged metal work that was shown at the University of North Carolina during th summer of 1998.  This is a well-illustrated book covering dimensions, composition and history, as well as, a listing of exhibitors represented. This exceptional exhibition had been organized by Tom Joyce, a blacksmith from Santa Fe, New Mexico. The exhibition contained 115 pieces of forged metal work from areas south of the Sahara Desert in Africa contributed by various collectors. The exhibit had been underwritten by UNCA and by ABANA. Tom Joyce says of the pieces in the exhibit: "I selected the pieces to accentuate their aesthetic qualities, to appreciate them as art alone is to separate the realities they activate and the ideology of the groups they express."

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Lives Shaped by Steel, Nancy Zastrow

Zastrow

Spending time with over 40 outdoor metal artists, Nancy visits well-established smiths, as well as those less wee-know, and talks about their art, inspiration, and the challenges in doing outdoor metal work. Traveling the East Coast from New England to Florida, Nancy shares that indefinable magic the artists add to their sites and makes the reader smile. She focuses on how ironwork can actually enhance the environment by being a part of it! A beautiful book presented with class!

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Masterpieces of 18th Century French Ironwork

Contet

This magnificent display of all 166 plates from an extremely rare set of portfolios depicts scores of examples of the ironworker's art, among them beautiful gates, balustrades, balcony railings, window grilles, church screens, and lantern holders. A superb collection of royalty-free images for use by designers, architecture enthusiasts, and lovers of antiques.

Unabridged reprint of Documents de Ferronnerie Ancienne de la Seconde Moitie du XVI-II Siecle, Series 1-4. Originally published by F. Contet, Paris, 1908-12.

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Mediterranean House in America, The

Bricker and Nogai

Inspired by the romance of Italian villas, Spanish farmhouses, and Moorish courtyards, the Mediterranean Revival style became an archetype for sophisticated suburban homes throughout America in the early 20th century.

The characteristic white stucco house, roofed with terra-cotta and ornamented with ironwork, decorative tiles, and fountains, remains the dominant style for new residences in California, the Southwest, and Florida. The Mediterranean house’s longevity is rooted in an overall simplicity and an emphasis on the outdoors. Its central courtyard, terraces, and loggias provide a fluidity between interiors and exteriors equally prized by the architects of ancient Pompeii and groundbreaking modernists.

Provides the first comprehensive survey of this popular style, beautifully illustrated in full-color photographs by Juergen Nogai, archival photos, and drawings.

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Metall Design International, 1999

Elgass

The yearbook of Hephaistos is a useful, and praiseworthy annual project of photographically documenting the work of several different master blacksmiths from around the world. Each annual has a brief biography of the smiths and a large number of beautiful photographs of their work. Each annual, in fact, contains hundreds of high-quality photos.

The 1999 edition showcases the work of the following master smiths: Udo Vogel (Germany), Bengt Gustafsson(Sweden), Heribert Nusser(Germany), Christoph Friedrich(Switzerland), Matthias Peters (Germany), Takayoshi Komine (Japan), Karel Meloun (Czech Republic), Walfrid Huber (Austria).

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Metall Design International, 2000

Elgass

The yearbook of Hephaistos is a useful, and praiseworthy annual project of photographically documenting the work of several different master blacksmiths from around the world. Each annual has a brief biography of the smiths and a large number of beautiful photographs of their work. Each annual, in fact, contains hundreds of high-quality photos. useful, and praiseworthy annual project of photographically documenting the work of several different master blacksmiths from around the world. Each annual has a brief biography of the smiths and a large number of beautiful photographs of their work. Each annual, in fact, contains hundreds of high-quality photos.

The 2000 edition showcases the work of the following master smiths: Klaus Dommers (Germany), Vladimir  okhonevitch (Russia), Paul Zimmermann (Germany), Hans Tritscher (Austria), manfred Bredohl (Germany), Tom Joyce (New Mexico, USA), Alfred Bullermann (Germany), Giovanni Zeppieri (Italy). Following is an excerpt from the preface of the 2000 edition: "...great importance has to be attached to regional and local idiosyncrasies, to sedentary roots, which have been inherent in blacksmiths since times immemorial.

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Metall Design International, 2002

Elgass

The yearbook of Hephaistos is a useful, and praiseworthy annual project of photographically documenting the work of several different master blacksmiths from around the world. Each annual has a brief biography of the smiths and a large number of beautiful photographs of their work. Each annual, in fact, contains hundreds of high-quality photos. useful, and praiseworthy annual project of photographically documenting the work of several different master blacksmiths from around the world. Each annual has a brief biography of the smiths and a large number of beautiful photographs of their work. Each annual, in fact, contains hundreds of high-quality photos.

The 2002 edition showcases the work of the following master smiths: Phil Johnson (Scotland), Risto Immonen  Finland), Hans-Ueli Baumgartner (Switzerland), Helmut Brummer (Germany), Ulrich Schmied (Germany), Manfred Bergmeister (Germany), Simon Benetton (Italy).

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Metall Design International, 2003

Elgass

The yearbook of Hephaistos is a useful, and praiseworthy annual project of photographically documenting the work of several different master blacksmiths from around the world. Each annual has a brief biography of the smiths and a large number of beautiful photographs of their work. Each annual, in fact, contains hundreds of high-quality photos.

The 2003 yearbook of Hephaistos cover works and biographies of 9 outstanding European metal artists with German with English translations. Peter Elgass opens with a commentary about modern design pirates patenting the ideas of others. Italian, Claudio Bottero's original ideas and techniques with iron are presented in the annual. Claudio demonstrated stretching and upsetting techniques in bowls and sculptures after an interesting technique of first cutting patterns into plate.

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Metall Design International, 2004

Elgass

Because the media claims the blacksmithing trade is dead, the 2004 yearbook presents more forge-work and less metal design.  However, the economic upturn in Europe still has to be nurtured, so that no boom into for-work can be felt.  The art of forging has always been rather popular in the United States and the United Kingdom.  Brian Russell and Paul Margetts represent the British line while in Daniel Miller they present an American who can be considered a philosopher on the anvil without reservations.  Although not conservative he is highly interesting in his versatility and the use of shapes.  A young blacksmith Martin Breidenbach represents Bavaria and Edda Sandstede, the first German woman on the anvil represents northern German blacksmiths.  This year once again shows that two hundred pages is not nearly enough to show the large variety and creativity of the international scene as a whole.

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Metall Design International, 2005

Elgass

Metall Design International Books are the yearbook of Hephaistos. They are a praiseworthy annual project photographically documenting the work of several different master blacksmiths from around the world. Each annual has a brief biography of the smiths and a large number of beautiful photographs of their work. They contain hundreds of high-quality photos. Text in German and English.

This yearbook is the "most youthful" of all those published up to now as we found two young blacksmiths in Lithuania and England which still are at the beginning of their professional career and nonetheless can look back on a variety of works like others after a decade. The book also has the courage to present two "outsiders" among the metal designers and to mention them in between the grand-masters of their craftsmanship. HEPHAISTOS presents: Paul Elliot (GB), Manfred Fattler und Dirk Höller (D), Willem Jonkers III. (Nl) Vladimir Pulis (SK), Hannes Turba (A) und Linas Lesciauskas (LIT).

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Metall Design International, 2006

Elgass

Like good wine matures with increasing number of years, HEPHAISTOS Yearbook also matures from edition to edition. Readers all over the world may look forward to the eighth edition of Peter Elgass' "Metall Design International", because a long-cherished wish is now coming true: The brilliant pictures of works by outstanding artists and designers will be printed in four colors throughout for the first time. "Metall Design International 2006" once again meets the expectations of the book title. After a long absence, a metal designer from the United States is represented again with John Medwedeff. In actual fact, it has been his turn for a long time already: For more than twenty years, he has been presenting large sculptures for the public space as well as small works which have an effect rather more in obscurity.
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Metall Design International, 2007

Elgass

The ninth issue of the HEPHAISTOS yearbook, presents the work of eight internationally outstanding metal artists: - Albert Paley (the USA) - Terrence Clark (GB) - Michael Haase (D) - Lothar Klute (D) - Lars Larsson (s) - January Odvarka (CZ) - Brad Silberberg (the USA) - Torsten Theel (D). Albert Paley ranks among the most well-known and most important metal artists at present. Particularly because of its sculptures and gates he creates. Many English-language books concerning Paley are nearly completely out of print. Our yearbook concentrates therefore particularly on recent work of Paleys and his metal organization within the applied range. An American metal artist in completely different color is Brad Silberberg, one of the prominent smiths of the United States. For over 25 years he has worked with metal and just a few years ago predominantly architectural forging work and furniture manufacturing. Today he devotes time in the workshop to objects, sculptures of art-relating to crafts, decoration and mobiles, which he uses as "transformation tools".