The Kiev exhibition of the author’s forged works

The second part of February was marked for the Ukrainian blacksmiths with holding of the Kiev exhibition of author’s forged works in the Mystets’ (The Creator) Gallery. The exhibition was interesting and rich. The hall was full with works by masters from Vinnitsa and Kiev, Lvov and Ivano-Frankovsk, Donetsk and Dnepropetrovsk. It was a vigorous beginning of the festival-exhibition movement of the Union of masters of blacksmiths art in Ukraine that raised the high bar and imposed a high responsibility for organizers of all the following events of the year 2007. We are greatly thankful to the Union of artists in Kiev for their support of movement of blacksmiths-artists and allocation of the wonderful exhibition hall. See you again on...

Our anniversaries

50th anniversary of the creative development Aleksandr Milovzorov is an Honored artist of Ukraine. He graduated from the Muhina Arts School as a ceramist. He was one of the first people to initiate the reviving of the artistic blacksmithing in Ukraine. In the mid-1970s in full swing of the stagnation period the young artist got down to this difficult task, learned everything from scratch. He became an acknowledged master. He was the first to gather together talented blacksmiths from different regions of our country and organize first blacksmiths festivals. It was a pleiad of patriarchs of artistic blacksmithing. The first wave of revival… We congratulate this wonderful artist and organizer with his anniversary! We wish him new quirks of fate....

The house that Huub built…

The house-museum of art blacksmithing This winter I and Yevgeniy Yermak spent the whole week in Huub Sensen’s blacksmiths school in Holland. Naturally, we had a lot to learn from a person, who had traveled all over the world, studying different secrets and methods of forging. For example, it was very interesting for us to know new fine points of Damask steel production. The host also with pleasure took lessons from Yevgeniy Yermak. He often repeated that the Ukrainian school is one of the most developed in the world. The most amazing thing for us in this wonderful blacksmiths atmosphere was the house where we lived and worked. Each square centimetre of this house was decorated with metal works brought...

What is the charm of Prelestnoe village?

The Museum of folk architecture, life and children creative work in Prelestnoe village of Slavyansk district of Donetsk region is a unique place on the east of Ukraine. It was established in the most picturesque place of Donbass in 1983 by efforts of one enthusiast and artist Aleksandr Ivanovich Shevchenko. Now there is a whole architectural complex with an ancient wattle and daub hut, a forge, a small free-standing village workshop, and a real windmill in this reserve of national identity. The hut with its whitewashed walls and an attic covered with straw, and with jugs on the wicker paling is an integral sign of the Ukrainian village in Slobozhanshchyna at the end of the 19th – at the beginning...

The 5th anniversary of the Forged Figures Park

In 2006 Donetsk Forged Figures Park celebrated its 5th anniversary. Since 2001 62 works have been created by joint efforts of blacksmiths from 15 Ukrainian cities and installed in the Park. THE FORGED FIGURES PARK IS THE PLACE WHERE FRIENDS MEET In 2004 the Ukrainian Gefest blacksmiths enterprise founded The Magazine of Metal. And it was a crucial point in the Forged Figures Park foundation and development of the festival of the same name. By efforts of the magazine’s staff blacksmiths from the remotest parts of Ukraine got to know about each other and Donetsk blacksmiths art festival and took up the initiative to establish a creative union. The same year the Forged Figures Park festival became All-Ukrainian and the...

The Union of masters of blacksmiths art in Ukraine

The question of the establishment of the Union of masters of blacksmiths art in Ukraine is already settled juridically and practically. All the necessary documents are registered according the procedures. The Union has its seal, bank account and governing board. Its members are given with their first certificates. Blacksmiths art festivals of local and international significance as well as seminars and exhibitions are actively organized. The brightest example of it are festivals in Donetsk, Ivano-Frankovsk and the Crimea that lately have improved their level and sometimes are visited by more guests than festivals hold by other countries of Europe and CIS. It can be done due to the brotherhood of blacksmiths from the western, eastern and southern regions of Ukraine....

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The 16th world blackksmiths championship

On our way from Australia to an Italian town Stia we crossed Italy from the north to the south so it was interesting to watch the landscape changes from mountainous Tyrol through flat Lombardy region of Emilia to mountainous regions of Toscany. Having turned off the highway, we had been driving on the serpentine rode with many mountain passes for a long time there… Having reached the city, we were glad to see a big banner with the title ‘The world blacksmiths championship – 2005’ hanging across the road and started looking for a parking place. There was an improvised exhibition ground for the blacksmiths’ works in the central public garden of the town. The place for competition holding was...

The Oblivion (Y. Yermak)

Forged Figures Park, September, Donetsk

Blacksmiths art festivals have been taking place in Donetsk for 8 years. In 2001 in the course of the regular blacksmiths festival the Forged Figures Park was established in the public garden of the City executive committee of Donetsk. The project was initiated by Victor Burduk, chief director of Ukrainian Gefest blacksmiths enterprise and master of decorative and applied arts and under the aegis of the Donetsk City Council. Developing from year to year, the park has become one of the most famous places of interest in the capital city of Donetsk region. Since 2001 the blacksmiths art festival in Donetsk is called Forged Figures Park. A bunch of forged roses is the first exhibit of the forge art museum,...

Виктор Иванович Бурдук

Victor Burduk, the head of the Donetsk department of the Union of Masters of Blacksmiths Art in Ukraine

Why have we chosen him? Because he is an author of the Donetsk Forged Figures Park project, an initiator of annual blacksmiths art festivals and a wonderful blacksmith. The Forged Figures Park was established in 2001 at the suggestion and according to the project of Victor Burduk. At the beginning there were only ten figures in the park. There are some alleys and 64 sculptures in the park now. For example, the Fairy Tales Alley with the Roly-Poly, the Buzzy Fly, the Genie, and dwarfs. At least one figure of each new alley is forged by Victor Burduk personally. Thus, he made the Woodman with a desired heart in his hand for the Fairy Tales Alley and the Scorpio sculpture...

Парк кованых фигур

The 7th festival of blacksmiths art in Donetsk

Holidays are taken very seriously in Donbass capital. And considering the fact that the City Day of Donetsk is held at the same day as the Miner’s Day, the level of all the festive events is double high. This year the President of Ukraine was personally present at the celebration of veterans of miner’s work in Donetsk that took place on the 28th of August. We can say that Viktor Andreevich respects blacksmiths as much as miners. That’s why he visited the 7th All-Ukrainian the Forged Figures Park-2005 Festival of blacksmiths art the same day. New works by the best blacksmiths-artists in Ukraine and the competitive spirit of the 1st Ukrainian blacksmiths all-round events championship impressed greatly not only the...

Ковка

The 16th world blackksmiths championship

On our way from Australia to an Italian town Stia we crossed Italy from the north to the south so it was interesting to watch the landscape changes from mountainous Tyrol through flat Lombardy region of Emilia to mountainous regions of Toscany. Having turned off the highway, we had been driving on the serpentine rode with many mountain passes for a long time there… Having reached the city, we were glad to see a big banner with the title ‘The world blacksmiths championship – 2005’ hanging across the road and started looking for a parking place. There was an improvised exhibition ground for the blacksmiths’ works in the central public garden of the town. The place for competition holding was...

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The best Ukrainian blacksmith is from Donetsk

Our land is famous for its unique people and original undertakings. This time it was decided to organize the all-Ukrainian blacksmiths championship in course of the traditional festival of blacksmiths art. The winners of the 1st championship became Yevgeniy Yermak from Donetsk, Anatoliy Lednev from Simferopol, and Vladimir Grynchishyn from Ivano-Frankovsk. The festival aims have been one and the same for seven years of its holding. They are to demonstrate blacksmiths art and to popularize national traditions. Our masters of blacksmith art made one more present for this festival. The Zodiac Signs Alley was opened in the Forged Figures Park (behind the City Council building), the Donetsk purlieu. A new tradition has appeared. All the newly married couples come to...