Ep 90 Daniel Miller “Sweet Mary and Her Sons and Her Seas”

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.

Anvils Ring article sweet-mary-feet-and-ankles sweet-mary-leg-2

middle-of-sweet-mary-table sweet-mary-table-top-view

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 art degree.

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