Hephaistos Interdisciplinary Laboratory

Põhjala sepp ( Nordic blacksmith)

Our forge is more than just a workspace; it is a place where art and craftsmanship intertwine to create something truly extraordinary. Our philosophy is rooted in the belief that every piece created should be both functional and visually captivating, transcending the traditional boundaries of blacksmithing and expanding the possibilities of this art form.

At the heart of our work is a commitment to innovation. The workshop fosters an atmosphere where experimentation and pushing the known limits are encouraged. Every tool we use is intended to expand the possibilities of working with material, enabling the creation of more intricate and detailed artworks. We have developed unique machines and equipment tailored specifically for distinctive projects, often inspired by historical techniques but brought into a modern context with an innovative approach.

The symbiosis of art and craft is especially evident in our patterned metal creation. This process, where each piece of metal becomes a canvas, is filled with dedication and precision. The patterns that emerge on the surface of the metal are true masterpieces, with every line and curve telling a story of skill, vision, and the endless experimentation required to achieve these unique results. We do not just create objects; we create functional artworks where every detail is meant to inspire and evoke admiration.

In our forge, there is a continuous dialogue between the past and the future, between traditional techniques and modern approaches. Our goal is to enrich the art of blacksmithing by bringing new dimensions to it and proving that this ancient craft is still capable of offering new, unexpected, and exciting expressions. We invite everyone to visit our forge and experience firsthand this unique symbiosis of art, craftsmanship, and innovation that together create something truly memorable.


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Everything begins in the forge.

Upon entering, the dimness presses upon you from every side like a dark wall, and the room seems to be shaped like a formless sphere. All the corners have receded somewhere into the distant black darkness. In the distance, a pile of glowing embers gleams, beside which stands a dark figure. The figure stands motionless, and as you approach, you can see that his gaze is directed at the glowing pile. Then he takes a poker and stirs the fire, causing a large cloud of sparks to rise to the ceiling. The stillness continues until He, the Blacksmith, takes a piece of red-hot iron with tongs from the fire and begins to shape the glowing metal with a hammer on the anvil. With each blow, sparks fly across the room. The metal in the Blacksmith’s hands is like soft clay, quickly changing shape with strong, directed hammer blows, and after a few repeated actions, the iron begins to take the form that the Blacksmith desires.

That was my great-grandfather…

Now, everything has changed a bit, although the dimness and mystique of the room, as well as the anvil and blacksmith’s hammer, have remained. The dimness also has practical value, as it shows the true color of the glowing metal, but mystique always accompanies the forge. Nowadays, the room is filled with various machines, even though the space itself is small. From the dark corners, colorful lights, panels, and screens are visible. All of this simplifies the operations in the forge. Metal can be heated to its high temperature using either gas or electricity, though the dream of an old-fashioned coal pile remains. Instead of heavy hammer work, there is hydraulics, a press that does the heavy work in an instant. But what remains essential is the red-hot iron and the force that shapes it.

And that is my story…

Heat Treatment Oven Mathematics

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Steel blackening

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It is currently located in the city of Tallinn, in the Põhjala Factory, and then in the backyard of the Imperium Defense

Address  Ankru 10, Tallinn, Estonia  Phone +3725038593 and E-mail rain@hephaistoslab.eu