Modernize your shelves with these iron bookends. These bookends have a contemporary, industrial look that differs from traditional scroll designs.
By Robert Thomas
Photos by Sully Sullivan Photography
Cover courtesy of Quarto Publishing.
In The Art and Craft of the Blacksmith: Techniques and Inspiration for the Modern Smith, Robert Thomas provides readers everything they need to know to take on blacksmithing as a hobby. The book introduces readers with the fundamental tools and techniques to modern blacksmithing and provides how-to projects for every level. The following excerpt is from Chapter 4, "Projects."
A great chef once told me to try to cook dishes without using garlic and olive oil because it would make me a better cook. Although the combination makes everything delicious, it's also ubiquitous. Constantly relying on the garlic and olive oil combination prevents the cook from exploring a multitude of other flavor combinations. Free from the shackles of conventional cooking, true breakthroughs are possible and signature dishes can be born.
The scroll is the garlic and olive oil of contemporary ironwork. The scroll is perhaps the most popular iron design element of all time. Originally used as gussets, iron scrolls have been used by designers and architects for millennia to both tasteful and occasionally excessive ends. The scroll is a ubiquitous symbol for ironwork, but, like the old garlic and olive oil one-two punch, relying on it as a design element can put your creativity on sleep mode.
Unless specifically requested by the client (which is often the case), we rarely design ironwork with scrolls. I have nothing against scrolls and actually really enjoy forging them since they are such a great exercise in fluid forging and forming. When we do design with scrollwork, we often try to incorporate the bevel scroll because of its flowing lines and three dimensionality. It's also a very tricky forging, which keeps the smith engaged and challenged.
These bevel scroll bookends are designed to be a modern take on an old classic. The simple L bracket frame and cylindrical standoffs have an industrial feel in sharp contrast to the delicate bevel scrolls which act as the gussets.
Project forged by JP Shepard and Matt Garton.