Forging

Forging The general concept of forging is transforming metal by hammering or under pressure. Hammering can be either manual or mechanical, whereas pressure is applied with a press. The most commonly used metal for forging is steel. Steel is forged when heated. Copper and aluminum are also forged. When forging highly strained parts are made, […]

Guide to the artful home

From the book The Artful home by Toni Sikes A truly artful home nourishes our soul and satisfies our psyche. This life-size work in progress is a place of repose and stimulation, comfort and inspiration. Art lives on the wall above the sofa… as well as in the linen closet and under foot. The glass […]

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Floor Lamp “Warm Home”

I began designing this lamp from an entirely individual perspective of a floor lamp. I was missing a lamp with a square shade. I wanted to add a forged element and some glass to the shade so light would radiate into a space in a controlled way. /I was missing a floor lamp with a […]

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The Artful home: Living with beautiful objects by Toni Sikes

Living with beautiful objects by Toni Sikes: Many of us seek out the unusual, the original,and the handmade. Objects made by artists are much more than eye candy; they speak to us and move us. They tell stories. We take them home, learn their stories by heart, and add our personal embellishments along the way. […]