ArtMetal Project Metalworking Archive

NOTE: The ArtMetal Project which was started at Washington University in 1994 is no longer being updated. We are keeping the project as a resource and archive though and is available for viewing and reference.

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An Educational Resource for the Metal Arts


The ArtMetal Project was founded to document and archive the heritage of various metalworking traditions so as to prevent the loss of current and ancient techniques that are beneficial to the understanding and appreciation of the metal arts. ArtMetal also provides an environment consisting of forums, chats, and centers where artisans, academics, art lovers, and the general public can experience and share this outstanding medium within a community environment. At ArtMetal, collaboration of craftspeople from all metal disciplines creates an exciting environment for innovative self-expression and discovery.

ArtMetal presents:

The Blacksmith's Art from Africa

by Tom Joyce


If you are interested in learning more about how to work with metal, visit the TOC and find our resources to metalworking. This resource includes information on materials, processes, finishes, and design. But before you go there, please read me first.

For those of you who are interested in experiencing artwork produced by a broad range of metalsmiths working in a variety of media, you shouldn't miss visiting the ArtMetal Virtual Gallery and view featured exhibitions from around the globe. We also have an archive of the exchange program we use to have with other metalsmithing organizations who have participated in this project.

Last, but not least, the ArtMetal Features section includes special stories, graphics, movies and sounds that will give you a new perspective on this ancient craft which continues to bring fresh and provocative innovations to the metalworking craft. All back issues are located here at the site.