I was asked to forged a wine bottle holder that could hold 3 wine bottles. They also requested that it would be less than 16″ tall. Looking at other models of how to approach such an item, I did some sketches and came up with a concept. I also used three different size of bottles and made this wine bottle holder do a decent job at all three.
I forged it out of 1/2″ square bar at first and added a “Vine” texture by using a texturing die under my power hammer. Then work from the sketch as direction for the over all shape and presentation I started the process of forging. While I was working I could not help but think of some contests/practice that painters participate in called “En Plein Air.” Where they paint outside, what they see and most of the time its impromptu. Though I have had a few weeks with this rolling around in my mind. Studying the drawing while at the anvil and forging these shapes, I was pretty much doing that. Due to some concern of hazards and the piece “grabbing” people I did minimize some of the exaggerated curls.