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.
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Aggressively Hand Forged
Bowls and Containers

segmented urn Segmented bowl bloom bowl
'Segmented' Series
segmented urn

'Segmented Urn'
forged and fabricated wrought iron & copper
Fall 2008
$1200 - this item available


" The body of the urn is composed of a number of individually hand forged strips of antique wrought iron. I saw samples of the basic technique employed by the Japanese blacksmith Takayoshi Komine at a workshop / demonstration two summers past. (Taka uses the method to make subtle oil lamps employed in the Tea Ceremony.) Actual historic wrought iron has been chosen for the construction because of its excellent forging characteristics and special durability. The metal itself is already some 150 years old — and should easily endure for centuries more. A fitting resting place for the memories of one past beyond us. "

For more details on the thought behind and creation of this object - Go on to a detailed description
segmented urn
offcut bowl
Offcut Bowl
Winter 2011
welded then forged mild steel sheet

Offcut Bowl was created for the 'Shadowbox' show to benefit the South Grey-Bruce Literacy Council. The object is about 10 x 10 in size, standing about 3 inches deep. The individual segments are in fact off cuts left over when I was cutting up some 1/8 inch thick plate I acquired as commercial scrap. Taking a clue from a method used by Japanese artisan Takayoshi Komine, the individual segments were MIG welded together on the back, then the weld beads ground smooth. The resulting flat form was then worked hot to dish it.

More details available on 'Hammered Out Bits'.

offcut bowl
segmented bowl
Segmented Bowl 2
Winter 2011
welded then forged mild steel sheet
$175 - this item available
 
segmented 3
Segmented Bowl 3
Winter 2012
forged and welded mild steel
$200 - this item available
segmented 3

'Lines' Series
lines 1
Knott Celtic Bowl 1
Wiinter 2011
welded then forged mild steel sheet
lines 1
lines 3
Knott Celtic Bowl 3
Spring 2011
welded then forged mild steel sheet
$ 175 - this item available
lines 3
'Bloom' Series
Also seen with the Bloomery Iron objects.
offering bowl
Offering Bowl
Fall 2008
forged bloomery iron

'Offering Bowl' is forged from part of the 'Resurection' Bloom made at in 2005.
I envisioned creating a bowl like form that was sold in the centre and preserved the ragged edges of the natural bloom along the margins. Fragments of the bloom were welded into athin plate, roughly 8 inches long by about 4 wide and roughly 1/8 thick. There was some splintering and cracking in the centre of the plate, specifically retained to show the origins of the material. The plate was forged with ball peens into a deep dishing form. This created the final partial sphere shape.

More Details available on 'Hammered Out Bits'

offering bowl
bloom bowl 2

Bloom Bowl 2
Summer 2011
forged bloomery iron

The parent bloom was created at the 2005 Smeltfest event. The metal itself was made from ore smelted using a direct reduction furnace based on those from the Viking Age. (In this case the same Econo-Norse type being demonstrated by DARC on Thursday at CanIRON 8.)

The original bloom mass was quartered by hot cutting. This section was flattened under the air hammer, working at welding temperature. Only one compaction series was undertaken, intentionally to allow cracks and fissures to develop along the margins of the plate. The roughly rectangular plate was then dished hot to create the bowl's shape. The inner surface was roughly polished with a flap sanding disk. The outer surface was given a fast wire brush to remove any loose scale. To finish, the piece was sealed with a spray matte varathane.

 

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