Cover : Masters of Itialian Wrought Iron - I Maestri Italiani Del Ferro Battuto Giuseppe Ciscato

The Italian Masters of Wrought Iron
I Maestri Italiani Del Ferro Battuto

Preface by Simon Benetton, Introduction by Titto Perlotto

500 Pages, 1,100 images, 9-1/2 x 13 inches, Over 8 pounds
Includes English language supplement with preface and introduction.

Samples from Pages 28 - 29

Andirons by Bruno Corriani of Lentati, Italy

Lion head by Bruno Corriani - click for enlargement
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This beautiful piece demonstrates classical design and technique performed with modern tools. The modern smith uses a combination of hand forging, open die forging under a power hammer and hand held power tools such as an air powered hammer or chisel.

The use of power tools in forging is not a "cheat". It is a modern necessity. Modern tools allow the lone worker to produce work that a few generations ago would have required a team of laborers directed by the smith. How the artist blacksmith applies these tools determines the category of the work be it "traditional" or modern. Machinery is also necessary to produce high quality work at a reasonable cost.
- Jock Dempsey

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ISBN 88-8125-216-3
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