Nov 28, 2016
Today is episode #90 and I have invited Daniel Miller back again
to continue the discussion of his artistic approaches and
creativity with forging. Daniel Miller is a very talented
blacksmith from Waynesville North Carolina and today he will read
another article he wrote and published in the Anvils Ring, the
winter issue of 2009. This article is titled “Sweet Mary and
Her Sons in Her Seas.”
Daniel grew up in North Carolina and has been working in the
world of metal for more than thirty years. He is one of the most
respected members of his craft, and well known among the smithing
community. His work has appeared at the American Craft Museum in
NY, and in gallery exhibitions around the world.
We Talked About:
How Daniel refines the design of a piece; does he usually draw
versions of it first?
Regarding the 4 legs of the table, we talk through the process
of making the feet and ankles (they are my favorite part). It
looks like he split and drifted the area of the core of the body
where two bands come through and are upset to stay there.
Then he continued the chiseled line of the split down to the
feet. How are the feet made to look so realistic, did he
practice this technique on mild steel scraps before forging with
the wrought iron?
We talk about the middle of the table, where the 8 stringer
bands come together and how it looks like a puzzle to me.
- I asked Daniel what he thought of the importance of holding an
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