Impressed and Embossed Texture
Forging involves the repeated and
controlled hammering of a
piece of metal, often steel, to manipulate its shape. If the faces of
the hammer used are suitably textured, its texture is imparted onto the metal
with each and every blow. Slight variations in the position and strength of
the blows become evident in the pattern produced.
This method is particular effective at creating bark textures for commissions based on organic forms such this steel vine. The wall sculpture shown above was commissioned by Afflecks Palace and features this technique, as does the mixed metal tree sculpture. The railings shown above also make use of this technique to create a texture that picks up on the dry stone wall on which they sit.