L. Brent Kington: Mythic Metalsmith - Resources


This glossary contains terms related to blacksmithing, metalsmithing, and Brent Kington's work.

abrasive: carbides or aluminun oxides in cream or powder form, used in polishing

Baroque: in the style of very ornamental surface decoration of 17th century European arts

blacksmithing: the work of shaping or repairing objects of iron and other metals using a forge, hammer, and other tools.

bronze: metal alloy composed of tin and copper

cast: a form made by pouring molten metal into a mold, allowing it to cool, breaking the mold, and finishing the surface.

concave: indented into the surface

ferrous: containing iron

forged: shaped by hand with a hammer, tongs, and other tools while heated

fulcrum point: the point at which a weight balances

graphite: a soft, black, native carbon mineral. It is the material from which pencil leads are made.

kinetic: pertaining to motion; a kinetic sculpture moves or has moving parts.

metalsmith: a person who hand-makes things out of various metals by hammering, welding, and other techniques.

patina: color on the surface (of metals) caused by exposure to oxygen

pitch: movement up and down from front to back

rendered: drawn, painted, or depicted

roll: side-to-side movement of rolling

smithy: nickname for a blacksmith and for a blacksmith's workshop

static: lacking movement; stationary

steel: iron with a small amount of carbon added that allows it to harden with heat

Sterling silver: a standard for silver that contains 92.5 per cent silver and 7.5 per cent other metal such as copper.

yaw: movement of turning left or right

Print Resources:

Artner, Alan G. "Metal Artist Forges Mythic Work" Chicago Tribune, Tempo section, Thursday, June 26, 2008, p.3.

Bealer, Alex W. The Art of Blacksmithing. Funk & Wagnalls, New York, 1969.

Evans, Robert. "Brent Kington: sculpture jeweler metalsmith" The Living Museum, vol. 43, no. 1, 1981. Illinios State Museum.

Falino, Jeannine. "L. Brent Kington: The Lyrical Gesture in Iron." 2008. PDF document.

Ullrich, Polly. "L. Brent Kington: Mythic Metalsmith." American Craft, vol. 68, No. 4; August/September, 2008, pp. 42-43.

Web Resources:

L. Brent Kington

http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/kingto01.htm Smithsonian Institution Oral Interview Transcript of L. Brent Kington

Blacksmithing History

http://www.appaltree.net/aba/history.htm Appalachian Blacksmiths Association History page (see left menu for more)

http://www.forgeahead.ca/?resourceID=6 Forge ahead Ornamental Iron, Ltd. Glossary page

Schools and Programs

http://www.abana.org/resources/education/schools.shtml Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America, Inc. (ABANA) Schools and Programs

Blacksmithing Organizations

http://www.illinoisblacksmith.org/ Illinois Valley Blacksmiths Association

Kinetic Sculpture

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinetic_art Wikipedia on Kinetic sculpture