Nigel is currently exploring a whole range of new skills, using hot forging techniques – traditional Blacksmiths have used these methods to bend and shape solid steel for centuries.
Up until now Nigel has achieved his sculptural forming skills by cold forging his sheet metal, only adding heat to temper and colour the near finished article. By adding the dimension of forming the actual shape using heat, he is combining the two types of forging within one sculpture, adding yet another extra level of expertise to his work.
This commission of a family tree has been specifically designed to fit the number of branches and generations of this particular local family group. It’s to be gifted by family members to celebrate a Golden Wedding Anniversary.
Each limb and branch of the tree has been formed using traditional hot forging techniques. The complex process of wrapping the limbs into the tree trunk has used these hot forming skills, alongside some more recognisable welding techniques, whereas the copper leaves (which incidentally are made from discarded copper pipe) are cut, shaped, marked, written, sealed and reshaped using his usual cold forging techniques.
The result, I think you will agree is absolutely breathtaking, with over 60 hours work on the tree alone, let alone the 60 plus individual copper leaves it’s been a bit of a labour of love really.
Watch this space for an exciting development regarding Nigel taking his hot forging skills, a massive step further in September’s post.
Tree details are: –
Width 70cm, Height 50 cms, Depth 30 cms. Steel rod and recycled Copper.
Price on application. Commission is sold.