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Bending action

© Photo by Lisbeth A. Westra


My main studio workshop is based in Moruya on the South Coast of NSW.

The metal is first heated in a forge fire to a temperature of around 1,100 degrees Celsius (a nice white hot colour mmmm)

Once hot, the metal takes on a much more ductile and malleable state. It is then forged to shape using various black smithing tools of hammers, anvils, tongs and bending forks.

As the metal cools rapidly when removed from the forge, the heating and shaping process is repeated many times until the ideal shape has been sculpted.

The individual parts are welded together and smoothed with an angle grinder.

Various materials are used, including mild steel, stainless steel, copper and bronze.

Final finish is done with polishing, natural patinas, powder coating or acrylic resin.


© Photo by Lisbeth A. Westra


© Photo by Lisbeth A. Westra