Nile & Michelle Fahmy

Salt Lake City, Utah

We apply traditional smithing techniques to base & precious metals to create seamless vessels. The techniques we use include raising, chasing, & repousse. These techniques are all aspects of the forging process & forging is the most basic way to define our method of creation. We use our hands to direct hammers onto the surface of metal & thereby alter the metal into something entirely new & different. There are no molds, dies, or forms used. Our metalwork is technique driven. This means that we practice and preserve smithing techniques that are rarely seen in our world today. Every piece produced requires a great amount of focus, control, physical strength, and endurance. A single vessel may require thousands of hammer blows and hundreds of hours of labor. Each finalized piece of art is completely unique due to the nature of forging process.
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