Forge Your Own Iron Bookends

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
July 2018

art craft blacksmith cover
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.

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