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Artist Details: Darrell Markewitz

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Hamlet of Wareham, RR 2
Proton Station, ON
N0C 1L0

Artist Bio

There is nothing in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and he who considers price only is that man's lawful prey. ATTRIBUTION: John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

Darrell Markewitz is the hand that guides the hammer. He has been working with forged steel, and producing historic reproductions, since the late 1970's as a student at Ontario College of Art. An area of personal interest and study has been the Early Medieval period, especially the Viking Age, resulting in work that truly spans the ages. Design is a major consideration in any project, each piece created is an original, one of a kind.

"I have developed a strong personal style, clearly visible through a body of past work. Like Art Nouveau, it is strongly influenced by historic Northern European artifacts, and features aggressively forged elements combined into flowing lines and often asymmetrical overall designs. I have come to use the term 'Rivendale' to describe my distinctive metalwork style."

Past work has included producing exhibits and living history programming for major museums. Darrell teaches regularly, as well as providing public demonstrations and being engaged in academic research. Private commissions have included large architectural installations such as railings and artistic features such as gates and fountains.

The Wareham Forge is located in rural Ontario, half way between Orangeville and Owen Sound (near Flesherton). It combines the facilities of a traditional, coal fired forge, modern welding and machine tools, and a fine metals studio equipped for casting and sheet forming. The shop has been in full operation since 1991, providing services for museums, historic re-enactors and original artistic forgings for private commissions.