Metal sculpture has been central to my expression for the past three decades. Working with a rich supply of found pieces, relics of a bygone era, pre-charged with energy from their mysterious past.
Finding hand forged utilitarian elements, works of art in their own right, inspired me to explore more about the ancient craft of blacksmithing.
Hand forging techniques are now used extensively in my work approach. Pulling a piece of hot iron from the fire allows a narrow window to work a vision. This is reminiscent of my other passion, bluegrass mandolin.
Pulling off a break of hot licks requires exacting skill, drawing from years of practice to know what sequence of notes will make the moment memorable.
Doug Alcock, Blacksmith