Jun 8, 2015
For Zeevik, forging iron is a way of life. Blacksmithing
since 1993, he forges ornamental and architectural ironwork in
Israel. Learning from the best blacksmiths such as Uri Hofi,
Amnon Arlichman, Novoya Yamaguchi, Giora Biran and Shlomo
Harel. Zeevik’s high standard of technique and design has
made him an excellent teacher and demonstrator of blacksmithing
skills. In 2009, he won the Blacksmithing World Championship
in Stia, Italy, and his career has soared ever since that
What We Talked About
- Zeevik has been artistic since he was
a little boy, drawing and working with different materials.
Later, after being in the army, he registered for an art college in
Israel and while he was waiting for the acceptance from the school
he ended up working in a blacksmith shop to earn some money.
Zeevik then continued to learn from many master
- Zeevik and Amit Alev started a blacksmith association in Israel
in 2009. They had gathered about 40 members before the
Association died off due to not enough involvement. The 40
members and other blacksmiths keep in close contact still and meet
in each other’s shops every two or three weeks. They meet for
each other’s birthdays and make tooling for the birthday person’s
- Classes are offered and taught by Zeevik in his shop every
week. He explains the basics of blacksmithing; how to swing a
hammer, how to hold a hammer, how to approach the anvil, how to use
the forge. He teaches the Free Hand Forging techniques; this
shows how to be efficient with the hand hammer, moving more metal
with every hammer swing.
- His blacksmithing school has been running for ten
years; it has ten stations each equipped with an anvil and
- In 2009, Zeevik won the Blacksmithing World
Championship in Stia, Italy, which he almost didn’t make because
his wife gave birth one month before the competition and wanted
Zeevik to stay home. Two weeks before the competition the
organizers inform each contestant of the theme or subject they have
picked, in 2009 it was “balance”. Zeevik won with his
sculpture of a man and a woman in an acrobatic balance pose.
- The organization that runs the Blacksmithing World
Championships asked Zeevik and 4 of his students to create and
install a permanent sculpture for the City of Stia.
- Zeevik will be demonstrating at CanIron
2015. He never forgets what Uri Hofi taught him about
demonstrating; know what you are doing, keep the audience engaged,
keep it simple enough to learn and make it happen fast.
Zeevik will be showing his techniques on how to make
- Zeevik’s sculptures can be seen in Germany,
France, Italy, and Spain.
- Zeevik talks about making a leg vise into a
sculpture for his friend who is a collector of weapons and
blacksmith tools. The vise is pictured below; with it’s
forged face and long mustache.
A Big Thank You to today’s sponsor – Cape Breton Blacksmith
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