June 4-6, 2021 – Daily 10-5 – Mt. Horeb, New Glarus, Blanchardville, Barneveld, Black Earth, Mazomanie

Luke Proctor

Blacksmithing

#11 on the Tour Map

This studio WILL be open for the Spring Art Tour

L. Proctor Ironworks (3rd year on Tour)

1755 State Road 92, Mount Horeb, WI 53572
(608) 334-0749 | luke@lproctorironworks.com

  • 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.”

Forged lamp by Luke Proctor

Lamp

Forged metal

Forged Cabinet by Luke Proctor

Cabinet

Forged metal

Forged Cabinet by Luke Proctor

Cabinet

Forged metal

Blacksmithing

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.

Luke Proctor, blacksmithing
Detail of forged furniture by Luke Proctor

Spring Art Tour Demonstration

I will be working on a furniture piece, the forges will be running and many techniques will be covered over the weekend.

Forged bowls by Luke Proctor