Blacksmith Craig Kaviar has been producing forged iron and bronze sculpture, architectural elements, and furniture in Louisville, KY since 1985. Kaviar transformed what was once a dump into a beautiful sculpture garden and studio. It is here that the artist creates unique one of a kind hand-forged iron and bronze furniture, sculpture and architectural elements. The workshop is a large industrial space filled with gas and coal forges, cranes, and hand tools too numerous to mention. Kaviar also repurposed his tools: the 200 pound Chambersburg Air Hammer that was originally built to be carried on a World War II battleship and a 200 ton press purchased from the Charlestown Ammunition Plant. “I like feel that by reusing this machinery of war for the making of artwork I am in a small way helping to turn swords into plowshares, said Kaviar.
He not only works with temperatures nearing 3000 degrees to shape unyielding materials as if they were clay but also shares this mystical experience by teaching others. He works with apprentices regularly and teaches classes several times a year. Visitors are welcome to stop by the gallery to see works of Craig Kaviar, as well as other various artists.