Rachel David, 21st century New Orleans blacksmith
In addition, David is a modernist sculptor, who uses immemorially muscular metal-working techniques to produce surprisingly subtle works of art. You might have passed her delicately designed 12-foot-tall abstract sculpture "Weft" at the corner of Poydras Street and Loyola Avenue in the CBD.
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"When you heat the iron," she said, it's incredibly plastic. You can get so much deformation and so many options to achieve different shapes."
David, 33, grew up in Maryland. As a university art student, she taught herself metal forging, mostly by reading instructional books. Eleven years ago she moved to New Orleans to take a job custom fabricating the specialized steel equipment for a Mid-City glass blowing studio. Since then, her iron furniture and sculpture has appeared regularly at art galleries and in the contemporary crafts area of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Blacksmith and Christopher Paolini bring Angela's incredible sword 'Tinkledeath' to life
- I need to plan ahead and do some things seasonally. Blacksmithing in the backyard and papermaking in the garage are warm weather activities. Darkroom work is best in the cold months when I don't want to be outside. Larger woodworking is best when I can
- Together with a talented fan and a local blacksmith, Christopher Paolini recently fulfilled the unique request of one Make-a-Wish recipient: to own a replica of Angela's sword, Tinkledeath (Albitr), and a recreation of the enchanted necklace worn by
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