Wood

WOOD I would have thought that it is really easy to buy wood in the country where I live. Forestation of Slovenia is 58 per cent, which makes it the third most forested country in Europe, right after Sweden and Finland. Forests make Slovenia even more beautiful. There is nature and fresh air everywhere you […]

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Medieval chest

My medieval chest I like going to museums. The prehistoric period and the Early Middle Ages are particularly interesting to me because the artifacts of the time are rougher and each piece handmade. What attracts me the most are all the small irregularities and deviations that appear due to the procedures in the making. I […]

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Blacksmith tools in the past

Blacksmiths always had their own tools. They made most of the tools themselves, which was arranged in the workshop as best suited each blacksmith. In a traditional smithy, the two basic tools, along fire and anvil, were a hammer and a pair of tongs.                                                                                                                                         /Blacksmiths always had their own tools./ Every smithy was equipped […]

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. […]

Classicistic garden chair

Terrace chair, Garden chair or indoor chair

Terrace chairs or wrought iron garden chairs usually considerably differ from indoor chairs. Outdoor chairs are often loungers for us to lay down in with a good book or enjoy a pleasant company at a garden party. It is different with indoor chairs. They are set around a dining table and their back rest usually […]

Copper and iron forging

Copper and iron forging in my smithy Color of metal is very important in forging as it indicates the temperature of the workpiece. For this reason, it is essential that it is dark inside a smithy because it makes it easier to determine the color of the heated metal. There used to be a rule […]

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Wrought iron bench Gothic

Gothic elements in modern furniture Gothic is a term that denotes the art of the late Middle Ages, between the 12th and 16th century. It originates from the Italian word gotico, and it came in use in the 16th century. It described the raw, barbaric culture and art, and so it had pejorative meaning. Today […]