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Processional Cross

Posted by bighornforge on September 5, 2016


Processional Cross 3

Processional Cross.  17″ x 24″ x 96″.  Mild steel, Gilder’s Paste finish.  Main bars are 5/16″ square, and there are roughly 40 forge-welds in this project.  The French repousse” process was used to make the fleur-de-lis, rosettes, and button husks.  The 43″ tubular staff lifts off the base for processions.  made for St. peter’s Lutheran Church, Forestville, WI.

 

Processional Cross

           Processional Cross

Processional Cross Detail

 

Professional images will be taken and posted here in the near future.

 

…Dan Nauman

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Birch Point Elk Antler Chandelier

Posted by bighornforge on May 28, 2016


BP Chand 6

 

This is the Birch Point Chandelier.  Designed and executed by Dan Nauman.  It was installed May 26, 2016 near Hayward in northern Wisconsin.  I was assisted in the installation by my assistant, Jeremiah Backhaus, who also helped me with some aspects of making this piece.  One of the owners, as well as his friend who did the timber frame work on this lodge (hand hewing and all), also helped with the install.BP Chand 7

The piece is approx. 72″ x 84″, with a 10-1/2′ drop.  It is made of mild steel, copper, slumped glass, and elk antler sheds.  I made almost every piece on this chandelier, through hand forging, and  French repousse’.  The exceptions were three collars that were bored out by a friend, as I did not have a large enough drill bit for my lathe, nor a boring bar.  I also had the patterns for the birch leaves laser cut by Muthig Industries in Fond du Lac, WI.  The stems were cut purposely wide, so I could forge them down to round.  I then hand-veined, then hot-sunk the leaves into a tree stump to give them volume and movement. The piece was sand-blasted, and has a poly-chrome paste finish.  John Abler, of Abler Art Glass in Kiel, WI (john@ablerartglass.com) made the two glass shades which are 10″ and 14″ in diameter.  The glass was slumped in sections, and leaded together to from a hemisphere.

BP Chand 12

 

The elk antler sheds came from Idaho, specifically: Yellowstone Antlers, Donovan Shipton (don@yellowstoneantlers.com).  Don did a fine job of finding three matched sets, that were relatively close in size from one set to the other.

BP Chand 15

 

The piece was wired by Zach Skarda at Heritage Lighting, Cedarburg, WI (zach@antiquelights.com).

 

BP Chand 4

 

The piece was sandblasted.  I then applied black Gilders Paste (TM).  Once dried, I polished the entire piece.  A second application of paste was applied to give the piece bronze highlights.  The image below better illustrates those highlights.

BP Chand Install 2 (2)

 

BP Chand 3

 

 

Once the piece was installed, the owners delighted us by giving us a tour of this fine lodge, designed to give the feeling of a 1940’s vintage east coast hunters lodge, complete with full bear mount, elk shoulder mount, a mammoth wood fireplace in the great room, and of course, a timber-frame log construction…of which was hand-hewed locally by artisans.  Further, they prepared a fine meal centered around a side of bison, prepared to your liking, asparagus, wild rice,  fine red wine, ice wine after supper, and also strawberry rhubarb pie and strawberry shortcake…all home-made, and all served beneath the warm glow of the newly installed elk-antler chandelier.

The evening was capped off by stories and yarns.  I awoke early the next morning (5:45), made coffee, and from the porch overlooking the lake, I watched the sun’s rise.  Serenaded by loons, and entertained by two otters, the morning started off perfectly.  Our hosts then prepared a fine breakfast, and again we dined under the light of the chandelier.  A delightful climax for a journey that began last December.

…Dan Nauman

28 May, 2016

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“Console Table 2015” by Dan Nauman

Posted by bighornforge on July 31, 2015


Console Table 2015 C

Console Table 2015


The debut of “Console Table 2015” was last evening, at an event entitled, “Artist Bike Night” at the “Iron Horse Hotel” in Milwaukee, WI.  I was invited to exhibit there along with three other artists.  I must have seen over three hundred bikes…mainly Harley-Davidsons.  It was an enjoyable, and LOUD, evening.

This piece, 16 x 18 x 25-1/2 in, was inspired by the large acanthus leaf on the upper portion of the “S” scroll.  I had been wanting to make that leaf for several years.  So I finally made it last month, while visiting my friend Tom Latane’, a fine fellow and blacksmith in Pepin, WI.  Tom and I had been working on twin projects, two tin kitchens, on and off for the last couple years together.

Unfinished Tin Kitchen (a.k.a. "reflector oven")

Unfinished Tin Kitchen (a.k.a. “reflector oven”)

 

Well I finally finished mine, and thus I had a day or so to “play” in Tom’s shop before returning home, so I began to work on the leaf.

Console Table 2015 B

Upon finishing it, I thought it was too nice a piece to not have a home or function, so I designed the console table around the acanthus leaf.  Yes, this is backwards, as the leaf is usually the salt and pepper, not the main course.  However, that is how this piece evolved.  I initially designed this project to be a shelf bracket.  I worked a little on it one day, set it aside in the shop to work on a project that pays the bills.  I would glance at it every so often, and think, “What does this piece want added to it?”  So it evolved slowly to what you see here in these images.

This is definitely not how one should execute a project, however since this was a piece for me, and to be used as a display piece, I bent the rules a bit.  That said, I did have a full scale lay-out of the primary shape on the lay-out table.  Every so often, I would take a piece of soapstone and draw in another element.  The lay-out kept me honest, and the project sound.

One aspect of this project that I enjoyed was using copper for the repousse’ elements.  I typically use 18 gauge steel, but in this case I used 16 gauge copper.  It forms very easy compared to steel, as one might expect.  However, it also shows every hammer blow…on target or not.  That said, the errant blows are more easily erased in copper than those in steel.

Console Table 2105  A

 

 

The finish is primarily bee’s wax, however the table pan was finished with black “Gilders Paste”.  I plan on topping the pan with 3/4″ marble or granite.

By the way, if you ever wish to have a truly fine dining experience, I highly recommend “Smyth”, the restaurant located inside the “Iron Horse Hotel”.  I have dined there on several occasions, and every time the cuisine has been exceptional.  We ordered two hors-d’oeuvres; one was spiced goat cheese, and the other was  seasoned scallops on a bed of fresh corn.  The hotel and restaurant are a stone’s throw from Milwaukee’s “Harley Davidson Museum”.

…Dan Nauman

“Nobody goes there anymore…it’s too crowed”. – Yogi Berra, when asked about a local restaurant.

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Recent Metal Sculpture by Dan Nauman

Posted by bighornforge on October 6, 2014


Nude with Towel

Dan Nauman, owner and president of Bighorn Forge, Inc., recently participated in the “Fine Furnishings Show” at the “Harley-Davidson Museum” in Milwuakee, WI.  Above is a recent sculpture, entitled, “Nude with Towel”. 6″ x 14-1/2″ x 24″.  Mild steel.

 

Below are two more, “Sculpture #15“, and “Sculpture #16” respectively.

Sculpture 15

                                   “Sculpture #15”.  7″  x 8-1/2″ x 10″.  mild steel.      

Sculpture 16

                                “Sculpture #16”. 7-1/2″ x 13″ x 13″.  Mild steel.

Bighorn Forge's display at the "Harley-Davidson Museum" during the "Fine Furnsishings Show" 2014.

Bighorn Forge’s display at the “Harley-Davidson Museum” during the “Fine Furnsishings Show” 2014.

 

                                                Cheers,

                                                                  …Dan Nauman

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Forged Furniture by Dan Nauman

Posted by bighornforge on February 27, 2014


Foyer Table.  Mild steel.  Natural finish.  Private residence. Mequon, WI.

Foyer Table. Mild steel. Natural finish. Private residence. Mequon, WI.

Selected forged furniture, forged tables, and forged baker’s rack designed and created by Dan Nauman.

Plant Stand.  Mild steel.  Gilders Paste (TM) finish.  Artist's collection.

Plant Stand. Mild steel. Gilders Paste (TM) finish. Artist’s collection.

Coffee Table.  Mild steel.  Gilders Paste (TM) finish.  Artist's collection.

Coffee Table. Mild steel. Gilders Paste (TM) finish. Artist’s collection.

Baker's Rack.  Mild steel and glass.  Natural finish.  Private residence.  Delevan, WI.

Baker’s Rack. Mild steel and glass. Natural finish. Private residence. Delevan, WI.

Baker's Rack detail.

Baker’s Rack detail.

Coffee table.  Mild steel.  Natural finish.  Private residence, Waukesha, WI.

Coffee table. Mild steel. Natural finish. Private residence, Waukesha, WI.

Coffee Table.  Mild steel and glass. Natural finish.  Private residence.

Coffee Table. Mild steel and glass. Natural finish. Private residence.

Coffee Table.  Mild steel and marble.  Natural finish.  Eagle, WI.

Coffee Table. Mild steel and marble. Natural finish. Private residence, Eagle, WI.

Console.  Mild steel and marble.  Private residence, Eagle, WI.

Console. Mild steel and marble. Private residence, Eagle, WI.

Side Table.  Mild steel and tile.  Natural finish.  Shorewood, WI.

Side Table. Mild steel and tile. Natural finish. Shorewood, WI.

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Forged Sign Brackets by Dan Nauman

Posted by bighornforge on February 27, 2014


Sign Bracket.  Mild steel.  Painted finish.  "Sam Meyer Agency", Fond du Lac, WI.

Sign Bracket. Mild steel. Painted finish. “Sam Meyer Agency”, Fond du Lac, WI.

 

Selected forged sign brackets designed and created by Dan Nauman.

 

Sign Bracket.  Mild steel.  Painted finish.  "Blacksmith Inn B+B", Baileys Harbor, WI.

Sign Bracket. Mild steel. Painted finish. “Blacksmith Inn B+B”, Baileys Harbor, WI.

 

Street Sign.  Mild steel.  Painted finish.  Glendale, WI.

Street Sign. Mild steel. Painted finish. Glendale, WI.

 

Subdivision Sign.  Mild steel.  Plastic coating.  "Toldt Woods", Wauwatosa, WI.

Subdivision Sign. Mild steel. Plastic coating. “Toldt Woods”, Wauwatosa, WI.

 

Deleivery Sign.  Mild steel.  Before finish was applied.  Made for a private estate in Sister Bay, WI.

Deleivery Sign. Mild steel. Before finish was applied. Made for a private estate in Sister Bay, WI.

 

Delivery sign detail.

Delivery sign detail.

 

Methodist Church Sign.  Mild steel.  Painted finish.  "First United Methodist Church", Campbellsport, WI.

Methodist Church Sign. Mild steel. Painted finish. “First United Methodist Church”, Campbellsport, WI.

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Forged Gates and Archways by Dan Nauman

Posted by bighornforge on February 27, 2014


Driveway Gate.  Mild steel.  Painted finish.  Port Washington, WI.

Driveway Gate. Mild steel. Painted finish. Port Washington, WI.

Selected forged gates and archways designed and created by Dan Nauman.  The above gate won a silver medal from the “National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association” (NOMMA) in 2007.  Below is a detail image.

Gate detail

Entrance Gate.  Mild steel.  Powder coat finish.  "Lynden Sculpture Garden", Milwaukee, WI.

Entrance Gate. Mild steel. Powder coat finish. “Lynden Sculpture Garden”, Milwaukee, WI.

The above driveway gate at “Lynden Sculpture Garden” in Milwuakee, won a bronze medal from NOMMA in 2013.  Below are detail images.

Lynd Ent Gate W to E Hori GL

This gate spans 26 feet, and is 14 feet tall.

Lynden Entrance Gate Mast GL

Spider Web Gate.  Mild steel.  Painted finish.  Private residence, Cedarburg, WI.

Spider Web Gate. Mild steel. Painted finish. Private residence, Cedarburg, WI.

The above “Spider Web Gate” was inspired as these master gardeners were also armchair entomologists.  As you review this image, you will see insect parts, i.e. abdomens, legs, and a spider’s web.

Poolside Gate.  Mild steel.  Painted finsish. Private residence, Mequon, WI.

Poolside Gate. Mild steel. Painted finsish. Private residence, Mequon, WI.

Detail of "Poolside Gate."

Detail of “Poolside Gate.”

Exit Gate.  Mild steel.  Painted finish.  "Lynden Sculpture Garden", Milwaukee, WI.

Exit Gate. Mild steel. Painted finish. “Lynden Sculpture Garden”, Milwaukee, WI.

Orchard Gate. Mild steel.  Painted finish.  Private residence, Port Washington, WI.

Orchard Gate. Mild steel. Painted finish. Private residence, Port Washington, WI.

Garden Gate.  Mild steel.  Private residence, Sister Bay, WI.

Garden Gate. Mild steel. Private residence, Sister Bay, WI.

Garden Gate latch detail.  Sister Bay, WI.

Garden Gate latch detail. Sister Bay, WI.

Garden Gate.  Mild steel.  Natural finish.  Artist's collection.

Garden Gate. Mild steel. Natural finish. Artist’s collection.

Archway.  Mild steel.  Powder coat finish.  "Carroll College" (now "Carroll University"), Waukesha, WI.

Archway. Mild steel. Powder coat finish. “Carroll College” (now “Carroll University”), Waukesha, WI.

Archway.  Mild steel. Painted finish. "Executive Residence.", Madison, WI.

Archway. Mild steel. Painted finish. “Executive Residence.”, Madison, WI.

Archway detail.  "Executive Residence", Madison, WI.

Archway detail. “Executive Residence”, Madison, WI.

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Forged Railings by Dan Nauman

Posted by bighornforge on February 27, 2014


Bronze Railing.  "Lynden Sculpture Garden", Milwaukee, WI

Patio Railing. Silicon bronze.  Natural patina. “Lynden Sculpture Garden”, Milwaukee, WI

Selected forged railings designed and created by Dan Nauman.  The above railing won a gold medal from the “National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association” (NOMMA) in 2013.  The image below shows the verdigris patina that is evolviing after a few years.

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Grape Vine railing.  Mild steel, with Gilders Paste (TM) finish.

Grape Vine railing. Mild steel. Gilders Paste (TM) finish.  Private residence, Waukeshs, WI.

Detail of grape vine.

Detail of grape vine.

Prairie Railing for log home.

Balcony Railing.  Mild steel, natural and Gilders Paste (TM) finish.  Private residence, Elkhart Lake, WI.

Detail of Prairie Railing.

Detail of Balcony Railing.

Detail of Prairie Railing.

Detail of Balcony Railing.

Railing. Mild steel and stained glass.  Painted finish.  Private Residence, Milwaukee, WI.

Railing. Mild steel and stained glass. Painted finish. Private Residence, Milwaukee, WI.

Railing.  Mild steel.  Painted finish.  Estate of former WI Gov. Patrick Lucey.

Railing. Mild steel. Painted finish. Estate of former WI Gov. Patrick Lucey, River Hills, WI.

Porch Railing.  Mild steel.  Painted finish.  Private residence, Egg Harbor, WI.

Porch Railing. Mild steel. Painted finish. Private residence, Egg Harbor, WI.

Balcony Railing.  Mild steel.  Painted finish.  Private Residence, River Hills, WI.

Balcony Railing. Mild steel. Painted finish. Private Residence, River Hills, WI.

Balcony Railing.  Mild steel.  Painted finish.  Private residence, River Hills, WI.

Balcony Railing. Mild steel. Painted finish. Private residence, River Hills, WI.

A simple railing on limestone steps.  Mild steel.  Private Residence, Egg Harbor, WI.

A simple railing on limestone steps. Mild steel. Private Residence, Egg Harbor, WI.

Two Railing Panels.  Mild steel, powder coat finish.  Private Residence, Sister Bay, WI.

Two Railing Panels. Mild steel, powder coat finish. Private Residence, Sister Bay, WI.

The above railing panels were exterior railings for a patio overlooking Green Bay, on Lake Michigan.  Unfortunately, the client would not allow me to take photographs on location, so these are studio shots.  The sections below were for the same mansion, but a different patio.

On both railings, the panels shown had simple two-foot panels between to divide them, and also to give the eye a break from the flowing lines.

Two railing Panels.  There was one more ornate panel along with these two.  Mild steel.  Powder coat finish.  Private residence, Sister Bay, WI.

Two railing Panels. There was one more ornate panel along with these two. Mild steel. Powder coat finish. Private residence, Sister Bay, WI.

Indoor Pool Stair Rail.  Stainless steel.  Natural finish.  Private Residence, Sister Bay, WI.

Indoor Pool Stair Rail. Stainless steel. Natural finish. Private Residence, Sister Bay, WI.

The above indoor pool stair rail was from the same mansion as the railing panels above it.  I was not allowed to photograph this in place either, so this is a studio shot.  The stainless steel was acid etched to give teh finish a look of pewter.  Below is a detail shot.

Railing Sister Bay Pool Det 

Another simple railng.  Private residence,

Another simple railng. Mild steel. Natural finish. Private residence, Richfield, WI.

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Forged Fireplace Crane, and Firescreens by Dan Nauman

Posted by bighornforge on February 26, 2014


                                                 Custom made fireplace crane.  The lever allows the chef to adjust the height of the pot.

                                                                   Fireplace crane. Private residence, West Bend, WI.    

Here are selected forged, and fabricated fireplace screens, and one forged fireplace crane, designed and created by Dan Nauman.

Art Deco Fire Screen.

Fire Screen. Mild steel.  Gilders Paste (TM) finish.  Private residence, Lake Geneva, WI.

                                                   Arts and Crafts Fire screen.

Art Deco Fire screen.

Fire screen.  Mild steel.  Gilders Paste (TM) finish.  Private residence, LakeGeneva, WI.

Firescreen Bali 1

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Forged Lighting and Candlesticks by Dan Nauman

Posted by bighornforge on February 26, 2014


Made for the "Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion", Milwaukee WI

Made for the “Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion”, Milwaukee WI

Selected forged lighting, designewd and created by Dan Nauman.  However, the Pabst chandelier above, and the two wall sconces below, are reproductions of work originally made for the mansion, but removed by former owners over the years. The originals were made by Austiran born master blacksmith, Cyril Colnik (1871-1958).

Wall Sconce.  To match the elk antler chandelier. Pabst Mansion, Milwaukee, WI.

Wall Sconce. To match the elk antler chandelier.
“Pabst Mansion”, Milwaukee, WI.

Wall Sconce.  "Pabst Mansion", Milwukee, WI.

Wall Sconce. “Pabst Mansion”, Milwukee, WI.

Candlestick.  Based on motifs from the Pabst Mnsion Chandelier.  Artist's collection.

Candlestick. Based on motifs from the Pabst Mansion Chandelier. Artist’s collection.

Candlestick.    Made using the same processes as the candlesick above, French repousse', and forged pieces.

Candlestick. Made using the same processes as the candlesick above, French repousse’, and forged pieces.

Altar Candlesticks. "Holy Family Catholic Community", Fond du Lac, WI

Altar Candlesticks. “Holy Family Catholic Community”, Fond du Lac, WI

Pascal Candlstick.  Showing how the candle lifts for processions.  "Holy Family Catholic Community", Fond du Lac, WI

Pascal Candlstick. Showing how the candle lifts for processions. “Holy Family Catholic Community”, Fond du Lac, WI

Chandelier.  Mild steel and blown glass.  "Herman Uihlein Mansion". (Owner of "Schlitz Brewing Co.")  Whitefish Bay, WI.

Chandelier. Mild steel and blown glass. “Herman Uihlein Mansion”. (Owner of “Schlitz Brewing Co.”) Whitefish Bay, WI.

Chandelier.  Mild steel, and copper.  Natural finish.  "Bjorklunden Lodge", Baileys Harbor, WI.

Chandelier. Mild steel, and copper. Natural finish. “Bjorklunden Lodge”, Baileys Harbor, WI.

Bjorklunden Lodge chandelier detail.

Bjorklunden Lodge chandelier detail.

Chandelier and Pot rack.  Mild steel.  Gilders Paste (TM) finish.  Private residence, Elkhart Lake, WI.

Chandelier and Pot rack. Mild steel. Gilders Paste (TM) finish. Private residence, Elkhart Lake, WI.

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