#11 on the Tour Map
This studio WILL be open for the Spring Art Tour
L. Proctor Ironworks (3rd year on Tour)
- This artist accepts credit cards
- Access: Long gravel driveway, Studio entrance is at ground leave. In side the studio is flat concrete
- See more of Proctor’s work at Luke Proctor Ironworks LLC
Luke: ” “Doing some short tapping on 1 1/4” by 8’ long bar.”
I use traditional forging techniques and joinery to create contemporary work. I start with raw metal and heat it in the forge. I then use a pneumatic power hammer and hand hammers at the anvil to shape and bend the material. I have made the majority of my tooling, I use different tool steels for hot cutting chisels, slits, drifts, punches and hammers. The style I have developed is in part inspired by the Danish Modern and Shaker styles. I focus on keeping clean simple lines and forging every part of each piece to shape the metal hot. The joinery becomes an aesthetic part of the piece, a focal point, it represents hard honest work that is thought of to be sophisticated in its simplicity. My new work has been exploring surface texture by using traditional blacksmithing tools in innovated ways to achieve new unexpected textures and shapes.
I was born in Stoughton WI in 1978, the youngest of four children. I have always enjoyed making objects and working with my hands. As a child, like most kids I used to love to draw, spending hours on each drawing in a note book. This led to an interest in Three-D art in middle and high school.
After spending four years traveling and living in the western United States I came back to WI. Enrolling in the welding program at MATC and staring work at the studio of another artist blacksmith, my career exploring the possibilities of metal had begun. Now nearly 20 years later I have developed a vary unique body of work that has been displayed and acquired by privet and cooperate collections across the country.