Invitation to participate in the festival «Forged Figures Park 2014»

Dear blacksmiths! According to the circumstances, the format of the International Festival of traditional blacksmithing skill Forged Figures Park this year will change somewhat. We fully understand that many artists will not come this year in Donetsk. However masters from around the world can take part-time participation in the festival, and to forge sending envoys of peace — pigeons, which form an international collective composition «Doves of Peace». Blacksmiths in his work often talk about love, friendship, peace. This year, the world is as relevant as ever, as the festival\’s artistic selected «Doves of Peace». Guild of blacksmiths of Donbass as organizer XVI International Festival of blacksmithing skill Forged Figures Park, invites artists to participate in the Donetsk festival and...

Roses for Norway

Dear blacksmiths of the Ring, On November 12th and 13th we would like to make roses for Norway in our smith’s workshop. But we cannot do that alone. We would like to invite you to contribute to this good initiative of the blacksmiths in Oslo. Oslo’s blacksmiths are building a sculpture of forged roses made by smiths from all over the world. To honour the victims of the unimaginable violence in Oslo July 22nd. We’ll start on Saturday November 12th at 8.30 am in our workshop Mondra Opleidingen BV, Ambachtsweg 38, 6673 DK Andelst, the Netherlands. If you like joining us in this good initiative, let us know as soon as possible. The only financial support we ask is for...

XIII International Festival of Smithcraft Forged figures park

Donetsk City Council, the Guild of  Blacksmiths Donbass and Union Masters Blacksmithing Ukraine are invited to Donetsk on 16-18 September 2011 at the XIII International Festival of Smithcraft Forged figures park. Creative theme of the XIII International Festival of Smithcraft Forged figures park will forge a mystic. Wizards will work on the artistic interpretation on the themes of the legends, superstitions, myths and mystical fantasies.

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...

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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...

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THE FORGED FIGURES PARK 2008

The 10th international Forged Figures Park – 2008 festival of blacksmiths art established by the Ukrainian Gefest blacksmiths enterprise and organized by the Donbass Blacksmiths Guild is going on! Although there are no tents, stage, furnaces and anvils on the square behind the Donetsk City Council building, festival is going on with the exhibition of 70 author’s works from 13 regions of Ukraine as well as from Holland and Belgium. Main events of the Donetsk blacksmiths festival were traditionally held on the third weekend of September. According to the statistics during this period from Friday till Sunday there has been the cloudless sky above Donetsk for some decades. Although, there was a wall of rain around the Donbass capital and...

Donetsk in the Ring of European Cities with Iron Works

On 13th July, 2008 in Friesoythe (Germany) Donetsk was unanimously accepted as an active member of the Ring of European Cities with Iron Works. The number 13 appeared to be lucky as well as token for us. Our city became the 13th member of the association that counts such cities as Bad Hall, Ybbsitz (Austria), Lipnik (Czech Republic), Friesoythe, Stolberg, Olbernhau, Kolbermoor (Germany), Mogliano Veneto, Stia (Italy), Gniew (Poland), Mynämäki (Finland) and Oude Ijsselstreek (Netherlands). As accurately noticed Nikolay Yurenko, the head of the Donetsk City Council culture department, owning to Donetsk entry into the Ring, the diameter of this association has increased to 2,500 km. Donetsk is the first city of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to join...

Union of masters of blacksmiths art in Ukraine

Founded at the initiative of The magazine of metal and the Ukrainian Gefest blacksmiths enterprise by the founding convention on 5 February 2005, the Union of masters of blacksmiths art in Ukraine (UMBAU or just the Union) unites nowadays about 100 masters of blacksmiths art from 20 regions of the country. The Union aims at the development of the art forging as a type of the decorative and applied arts, ensuring of the proper status for the blacksmith-artist in the independent All-Ukrainian creative union. The people and the mass media have completely recognized the art forging as a specific type of art. Exhibitions of the forged author’s works and festivals of blacksmiths art take place in Ivano-Frankovsk and Kiev, Donetsk...