Artisan-blacksmithing derived from the ancient artisan crafts focused on armor and agriculture, which developed into an art form during the renaissance period. The early techniques and skills were developed and passed down through generations, responding to the materials and desires of the period. Artisan Blacksmithing pays reverence to the ancient practices demanding design with joinery methods that are aesthetically pleasing; heating, hammering and forging to resize the metal, drawing out the depth of character while developing the patina.
There is an intimate relationship between the metal, the artist and the process. Each piece of metal whether mild steel, wrought iron or bronze has a unique elemental composition that responds differently to heat and hammering. In the end, each and every piece carries its own unique character just like the elemental materials from which it was created.
Ace & I welcome you to our Borroméo Forge Artisan Metalwork Gallery in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California featuring decorative, sculptural and hand-forged metalwork for the hearth & home. Borroméo Forge calls historic craftsmanship up through the ages creating traditional & modern designs through Fire, Metal & Artistry.
-Proprietors, Lisa Guthrie & Ace, the Cardigan Corgi
We specialize in hand-forged Art for the Hearth ~ furnishings & fireplace accouterments by Artist-Blacksmith, Alan Drew and other artists sharing a deep reverence for historic craftsmanship & artistry. Alan has sculpted and cast bronze chargers for the table complimented by napkin rings and wine coasters. Explore Fine Art Sculpture by Carmel's legend, Jo Mora, Italy’s Master-Blacksmiths Claudio Bottero & Roberto Giordani, contemporary work by Richard Smith, fine art one-of-a-kind sculpture by Tim Cisneros and pre-columbian & sculptural works by Ron Young using his own Sculpt Nouveau patinas. We are also pleased to offer a selection of AnnieGlass, made in Monterey, hand-blown tumblers by Esteban Prieto as well as finely forged sterling silver jewelry by Larry Stark. The Gallery offers a full array of finished works as well as custom commissions. Alan Drew makes himself readily available to patrons to discuss their ironwork needs.