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Welcome to Taitaya Forge
Thermo-mechanical manipulation of metallic molecular structures
Hand wrought iron and silver
Artefacts of the future
Traditional and Contemporary Blacksmithing, Silversmithing and Bladesmithing
Taitaya Forge is run by artist-blacksmiths Luke & Marleena Barran. Our workshops are based in Calbourne, Isle of Wight.
We have been working together from 2002 producing fine metalwork ranging from contemporary jewellery & design, blade smithing and traditional blacksmithing to historical reproduction work and costume jewellery.
We work with silver & steel, gold & copper alike, from the small scale to the large.
Our designs and inspirations come from the natural world, the history of metalwork and with a touch of folklore & myth.
“Taitaja” is a Finnish word meaning a skilled person or a master.
This word reflected our aspirations as craftsmen & artists. Our path is one of learning and will continue to be so as long as we create by hammer, hearth and fire.
We specialize in iron and silver jewellery, contemporary bladesmithing, historical swords and other small wrought historical reproductions.
If you would like to see what we have available at the present moment you can visit our shop Taitaya. There you will find our Thor's hammers, Iron and Sterling Silver jewellery, that are ready to ship within 48 hours.
From our Etsy shop...
Made to Order
Our most popular items tend to often sell out before we have a chance to make more.
If you are interested in something we have made before, or you wish to ensure we have it in stock by a particular date, you can contact us and we can reserve that item for you. We will also bump it up on our list of things to make.
You can have a browse through our sold items on Etsy here.
Our Design Work
We design all our contemporary work ourselves.
Graphic designs made by Marleena are also available to purchase and download in Marleena's spin-off shop: MarleenaBarranDesign on Etsy.
These designs are intended as a graphic resource for other artisans, crafters and makers.
Most of our jewellery can be customized by engraving of silver inlay.
We hand engrave using a hammer and engraver. Our method results in a more deeper cut that is more suitable for runic inscriptions.
Silver inlay onto iron is another ancient method we can use to customize our pendants. Fine silver wire is hammered into a deeply engraved cut onto the iron.
Are you interested in having something exclusively designed and created for you?
Let us know what you are looking for and we can see if we can help you.
For custom work we may charge a deposit. Our minimum charge is £150 (GBP). We currently have a waiting list.