Frederic A. Crist and David W. Munn have over 30 years
experience in designing and forging metalwork in such
areas as large entrance gates, exterior and interior
lighting, railings, furniture and sculpture.
Crist received a BFA in sculpture from Philadelphia
College of Art in 1977. He was employed by Samuel Yellin
Metalworkers from 1977 until 1988. While at the Yellin
Shop he advanced to the position of Mastersmith and
has executed major works for the city of Philadelphia,
the National Cathedral in Washington DC, the University
of Pittsburgh as well as numerous private and public
a sculptor Mr. Crist exhibits work at The Reynolds Gallery
in Richmond, Virginia, Agora Gallery in Soho, NYC, as
well as other exhibitions in Baden Wurttenburg, Germany;
Tianjin, China; New York and throughout the United States.
In 1999 he was awarded a professional Fellowship in
Sculpture from The Virginia Museum.
produces hand-forged sculptural and architectural works
made in iron, steel and brass. All pieces are custom-designed
and executed using traditional blacksmithing techniques
and joinery, such as mortise & tennon construction,
hot collaring, riveting and forge welding. All elements
of a particular item are heated to a forging temperature
(2200 f) in a coal or gas fixed forge, then hammered
and shaped over the anvil while hot to create the final
form. Decorative elements are created by hot carving
with chisels and/or using repoussé techniques
to achieve the desired effect.
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