Hand forged wrought iron from the Texas Hill Country
John Crouchet, Artist Blacksmith Gallery
I began blacksmithing in 1997, after working for twenty-seven years as a professional goldsmith. I enjoy the change in scale, or what I call “working large”. At the same time, I am intrigued by the surprising similarities between working iron and working gold. The vast majority of my work is traditional blacksmithing at the anvil and the treadle hammer. I work in Marble Falls, Texas, on my family ranch on Sycamore Creek in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, building gates, railings, fireplace screens, and traditional blacksmith products.
My training and experience as a manufacturing goldsmith left
me with an appreciation for the classic skills of metalwork.
Modern “casual” blacksmithing has often overlooked
the importance of training and knowledge in the basic skills of
filing, fitting, annealing, and shaping metals. I do not want my
work to result from a “happy accident”. It should be
carefully planned and well executed. In this way, I try to carry
on the tradition of generations of working blacksmiths before
Custom wrought iron work. Fly press seminars.
For information contact John
Blacksmithing video by John Crouchet: "The Fly Press"
John Crouchet is an expert at fly press operations, and the versatility of the tool demonstrated here is simply amazing...
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