Welcome to the Wareham Forge, the work of Artisan Blacksmith Darrell Markewitz of Ontario Canada. Here traditional hand forged techniques are blended with original custom designs to create distinctive objects for garden or architecture. (What is called 'wrought iron work' by some.) A specialist in the Viking Age, creating reproductions for Museums and re-enactors. Offering training courses various aspects of Metalsmithing, plus instructional DVD's.
the Wareham Forge - Artisan Blacksmith

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GALLERY

CUSTOM WORK

ARCHITECTURAL

for GARDENS

REPRODUCTIONS

TRAINING

IRON SMELTING

VIKING AGE

SITE INDEX


the Wareham Forge uses traditional blacksmithing techniques to produce items of enduring quality. Metal is heated in a coal forge then worked with the hammer to create forms and textures that no other method can duplicate. The strength of steel is combined with the warmth of hand formed copper and brass, resulting in pieces that are indistinguishable from artifacts from the past. Every item produced, from pewter button to custom railing, is the result of a blending of historic form, materials and techniques. Although often called 'wrought iron work' in fact today's craftsman works with modern steels!

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
ATTRIBUTED TO: Pre-Raphaelite William Morris (1834 - 1896)

A Visual Guide
Decorative
Knives
Courses
Demos
Training
Schools
Accessories Bladesmithing Courses Demonstrations DVD/VHS/CD Educational Programs
Garden Art
Gates
Fountains
Mirrors
Encampment
On Design
Garden Features Gates Fountains Mirrors Norse Encampment On Custom Work
Railings
Reproductions
Viking Age
Viking Game
Weathervanes
Grills
Railings Reproductions Viking Age Replicas Viking Game Weather Vanes Window Grills
How does the custom design process work?
How much does it cost?

Take a look at the section that details the process of creating an original art metalwork.

'On Custom Designs'

This section now includes a Gallery of Details - showing some of the wide range of possibilities of hand forging steel. 

This also shows some of my favourite techniques in my signature 'Rivendale' style.

Riverdale Railing

An ongoing project over the middle part of 2007 was a commission for a set of front porch railings for a private home in the Riverdale area of Toronto. I have documented the process of creating a custom art metalwork - from first contact through finial installation. The resulting photo-essay can be seen : Railings for Riverdale House. The accompanying descriptions of the project will be of interest to anyone interested in commissioning work themselves

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Who is Darrell Markewitz?

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www.warehamforge.ca

the Wareham Forge
Darrell Markewitz
The Hamlet of Wareham,
R.R. #2 Proton Station, Ontario

CANADA - N0C 1L0
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Photograph 'Blacksmith at Owen Sound Museum' from the Owen Sound Sun Times.
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