Industrial Cathedral

Industrial Cathedral
"Industrial Cathedral" charcoal drawing on paper 131 x 131 cm Jane Bennett. This drawing was a finalist in the 1998 Dobell Prize for Drawing (Art Gallery of N.S.W.) ; Finalist in 1998 Blake Prize for Religious Art ; Winner of 1998 Hunter's Hill Open Art Prize

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Irons in the Fire - Part 1 'Smith Forging'

 Painting the Blacksmiths at Wrought Artworks,
Bay 1/2, Australian Technology Park,
Eveleigh Railway Workshops

This is the first of 6 posts showing canvases painted from life during a forging.
Painting a 'forging' at Wrought Artworks, Eveleigh Railway Workshops

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Open-die drop forging is also known as smith forging. In open-die forging, a hammer strikes and deforms the workpiece, which is placed on a stationary anvil. It is called 'Open-die forging'  because the dies (the surfaces that are in contact with the workpiece) don't enclose the workpiece, allowing it to flow except where contacted by the dies. The blacksmith needs to position the workpiece to get the desired shape. The die is usually flat, but some have a specially shaped surface which may be round, concave, or convex.
Open-die forging is appropriate for art smithing and custom work.
Dave and Lok forging at Wrought Artworks 2010 
oil on canvas 41 x 51cm
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In this canvas Dave and Lok are working hot iron, which they have just taken  out of the furnace. They are shaping the iron into curved spikes for the grill of a decorative fence with the historic 'Massey' air hammer.
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