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 forge festival proposes to make «Doves of Peace» (life-size birds). Pigeons, «arriving» in Donetsk from all over the world, will take their place in the Park of Forged Figures. Also can send their envoys organizations, enterprises and individuals turning to the manufacture of miniature art metal masters. Manmade messengers of peace will be the brightest in its symbolism gift the city of Donetsk in the year of its 145th anniversary.
The festival program we plan to reduce to one day — September 20. On this day, blacksmiths Donbass will forge their pigeons in the park of forged figures and set your messengers. Читать далее «Invitation to participate in the festival «Forged Figures Park 2014»»

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 lunch. If you need information about overnight stays you can call us at 0031-6-10898045 (mobile phone of Janny Pronk). Читать далее «Roses for Norway»

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.

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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.

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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 the Park to take some photos. It is quite understandable as the Forged Figures Park in Donetsk is a unique place…

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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. Читать далее «THE FORGED FIGURES PARK 2008»

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). Читать далее «Donetsk in the Ring of European Cities with Iron Works»

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 and The Crimea with a great success. Due to the Union’s activities at various forums, festivals and exhibitions blacksmiths from different cities of Ukraine and Russia, European countries and the USA have an opportunity to enrich their experience. We also invite you to participate in the festivals planned for the year 2007 under the aegis of UMBAU and our general sponsor the Alchevsk Iron and Steel Works public company.

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