Blacksmiths decorated the toiler city

Metal has been always loved and honoured in Alchevsk. The city grew from the village of the workers of the Donetsk and Yur’evsk metallurgical society plant (DYMS). It was found by the Ukrainian manufacturer, banker and the merchant of the first guild Aleksey Kirilovich Alchevskiy. At that time the plant was the only one metallurgical enterprise in Ukraine built on the domestic capital. Nowadays the Alchevsk Iron and Steel Works is one of the largest industrial enterprises in the south-east of Ukraine. Almost two thirds of the city citizens work there. A melting ladle is depicted on the city’s coat of arms and even the favourite football team of the city is called The Steel! Читать далее

Журнал о металле

The forged figures park (historical information)

In 2001 in the course of the regular blacksmiths festival the Forged Figures Park was established in the public garden of the City executive committee of Donetsk. The project was initiated by Victor Burduk, chief director of Ukrainian Gefest blacksmiths enterprise and master of decorative and applied arts and under the aegis of the Donetsk City Council. Developing from year to year, the park has become one of the most famous places of interest in the capital city of Donetsk region. Moreover, it is unique in the whole world! Читать далее

Кованая коза

Our anniversaries

Aleksandr Milovzorov is an Honored artist of Ukraine. He graduated from the Muhina Arts School as a ceramist. He was one of the first people to initiate the reviving of the artistic blacksmithing in Ukraine. In the mid-1970s in full swing of the stagnation period the young artist got down to this difficult task, learned everything from scratch. He became an acknowledged master. He was the first to gather together talented blacksmiths from different regions of our country and organize first blacksmiths festivals. It was a pleiad of patriarchs of artistic blacksmithing. The first wave of revival… Читать далее

Кузнец

The house that Huub built…

This winter I and Yevgeniy Yermak spent the whole week in Huub Sensen’s blacksmiths school in Holland. Naturally, we had a lot to learn from a person, who had traveled all over the world, studying different secrets and methods of forging. For example, it was very interesting for us to know new fine points of Damask steel production. The host also with pleasure took lessons from Yevgeniy Yermak. He often repeated that the Ukrainian school is one of the most developed in the world. The most amazing thing for us in this wonderful blacksmiths atmosphere was the house where we lived and worked. Each square centimetre of this house was decorated with metal works brought from different parts of the world. Читать далее

The Union of masters of blacksmiths art in Ukraine

The question of the establishment of the Union of masters of blacksmiths art in Ukraine is already settled juridically and practically. All the necessary documents are registered according the procedures. The Union has its seal, bank account and governing board. Its members are given with their first certificates. Blacksmiths art festivals of local and international significance as well as seminars and exhibitions are actively organized. The brightest example of it are festivals in Donetsk, Ivano-Frankovsk and the Crimea that lately have improved their level and sometimes are visited by more guests than festivals hold by other countries of Europe and CIS. It can be done due to the brotherhood of blacksmiths from the western, eastern and southern regions of Ukraine. For example, it would have been impossible to hold the festival in Ivano-Frankovsk that welcomed blacksmiths from more than twenty countries of the world without an active financial and organizational support of Donetsk and well-organized team of Crimean blacksmiths. The exotic and picturesque blacksmiths art festival in Sudak also couldn’t have been hold without support and participation of masters prom all part of Ukraine. Читать далее