Tag: Circle of Iron Forge

Poetry in metal.

A pleasure to highlight the creative work of Ira Wiesenfeld DVM

Earlier on this week, we were fortunate in having a long-term friend of Jean and her late husband, Ben, stay with us.  In distant times, Ira, him being the friend, had been a horse veterinarian but many years ago had changed course.  As he explains on his web-site:

I grew up the scientist in an artistic family. I didn’t discover my right brain until midlife; my left was burned out and a crisis was upon me. First came the craft of blacksmithing, which I found therapeutic and immensely satisfying. Then a style of work developed that was biomorphic, botanical and branching. Finally a passion for sculpture evolved, made from forged, found, and fabricated metal.

Ten years ago I decided to get serious; I gave up my day job and began working full time in my smithy. Now I like to say that I forge and weld furniture, sculpture and anything in- between. I especially enjoy working in that in-between space, where aesthetics, function and narrative meet.

Ira was en-route to an exhibition in Portland which gave us the opportunity both to have him stay and for us to browse over some of the pieces he had with him.

Ira
Ira

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My impromptu picture-taking didn’t do justice to this piece.  A much better version is the one below taken directly from Ira’s website Circle of Iron Forge.

Iron and Copper Nestbowl.
Iron and Copper Nestbowl.

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Ira discussing with Jean what could be done with an old iron pulley-wheel we found here at home.
Ira discussing with Jean what could be done with an old iron pulley-wheel we found here at home.

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Just missing the water and fish!
Just missing the water and fish!

Have to say that I was very impressed by both Ira’s creative artistry and his metal-working skills.

Let me leave you with one more example of Ira’s work, taken from his web-site and his contact details in case any of you dear readers are motivated to be in direct touch with Ira.

Empty Nest Forged and welded steel, copper, bronze, and stainless steel.
Empty Nest
Forged and welded steel, copper, bronze, and stainless steel.

Ira Wiesenfeld DVM
Tucson, Arizona
Treeira@hotmail.com
520-742-5274