David W. Osmundsen

Forged Iron
January 16 - February 24, 2008

2008 Osmundsen


Director's Note

David W. Osmundsen of Arrowhead Forge, in Buffalo, Wyoming melds his artistic ability and technical knowledge to form functional objects of unsurpassed beauty and grace. In his shop he has perfected an age old craft while integrating modern technology.  His forms are inspired by the natural world as well as historical traditions. He and Arrowhead Forge have been active through out the U.S. from Colorado to Wisconsin to Maine, and finally to Wyoming in 1994. Accolades and commissions have followed him where ever he has lit his forge! His accomplishments are many and an extensive list can be found on his web site.

In February 2007 he was an artist in residence at the School of Mines, during Engineers’ Week. While here he shared his passion and talent with over 200 visiting middle school students as well as conducting a workshop for students in the Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Department. This year we have welcomed him back and are excited to share with the public a larger view of the man, his technique, and his teaching abilities. He has also graciously invited Metallurgy students to join in his exhibition with their own creations!

Deborah Mitchell, Director -- APEX Gallery

Artist's Statement: David W. Osmundsen

Years ago ornamental ironwork was forged from wrought iron, a material not readily available today. In my work I use mild carbon steel. The basic process I use to shape the steel is to heat it in a forge to a temperature about 1,800 degrees which will make it work a little like stiff clay. The hot steel is shaped by striking it with hammers, working it under swages and various other tools to obtain the shape I desire. Two or more pieces will be attached together by traditional methods like rivets or tennons, or I will use more modern techniques like MIG welding. The finished piece is cleaned with a wire wheel and sealed with a mixture of linseed oil, bees wax and turpentine or sprayed with clear polyurethane.

My designs are usually influenced by natural forms. Since all my work is functional art the biggest challenge is how to combine form and function. How to make iron look like wood and put all the pieces together to make a functional table or chair or pot rack.

archive 2008

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