Biography

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David W. OsmundenDavid William Osmundsen’s passion is creating functional iron forms by blending traditional blacksmithing techniques with modern techniques to create traditional and contemporary designs.

In 1976 Osmundsen kindled his first forge fire in Colorado, learning blacksmithing from Slim Spurling in exchange for working in his shop. He then went on to teach at Skunk Hollow Forge School of Blacksmithing in Morrison, Colorado for 12 months.

In 1977 he was selected by The National Endowment for the Arts to create hand forged iron napkin rings for the United States Senate Wives Committee Luncheon held in the White House by First Lady Rosalyn Carter.

Early in 1982, David was invited to be a resident artist for one month at the Prairie School in Racine, Wisconsin. Throughout most of the1980’s David worked as a toolsmith and operated Arrowhead Forge in Maine creating artistic ironwork and teaching classes in his shop. During the early 1990’s David was employed as a gunsmith and custom shotgun maker for Bittersweet Gunsmithing and Kolar Arms in and around Racine, Wisconsin. In 1994 he moved to Buffalo, Wyoming and reopened Arrowhead Forge.

David has made reproductions of 19th century tools, displayed at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington for the National Park Service and has created iron work that has been displayed at several galleries across the nation including The Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C., the Museum of Contempory Crafts in New York, The John Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin and The Craft and Folk Art Museum in California. For three years, 2004 through 2006 he was selected to exhibit his work of functional iron art at the Western Design Conference in Cody, Wyoming. He has accepted commissions from as far away as Australia and Africa.

shopshots-232-05Since moving to Wyoming, David has been enjoying making his mark in the west by creating gates, railings, pot racks, fireplace tools, fire screens, cabinet hardware and business signs for people who appreciate forged iron art and sharing this art form with the public through demonstrations and workshops.

 "My goal is not to duplicate nature but to borrow designs from the environment and create functional iron objects using those designs."

Historic Location - David Osmundsen lives in a small town, Buffalo Wyoming at the base of the Bighorn Mountains. His 1890’s home was originally owned by a blacksmithing family and his shop, next to the house, was built on the site where they did some of their work shoeing horses and repairing carriages. Visitors are welcome but as Osmundsen works alone, the sign on the door reads, “OPEN BY CHANCE OR APPOINTMENT”.

 
 

 
 

Member Artist-Blacksmith Association of North America Member Northern Rockies Blacksmiths Association

 

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