toughandtwisted

Blacksmith and Metal Art

South Dakota, United States · 4614 Sales

toughandtwisted

Blacksmith and Metal Art

South Dakota, United States 4614 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   Orders placed July 6th- July 20th will have an extended lead time of 4-5 weeks. Please note this when ordering. No rush orders will be taken during this time.** Iron Anniversary Gifts ** Hand forged Gifts for him, Gifts for her, Gifts for your home **
Traditional Blacksmithing / Contemporary Twist Show your love of Handmade by ordering a hand forged iron gift. We specialize in hand forged iron gifts for all occasions and personalities. Makes a great iron anniversary gift. We also love custom orders!

This husband wife team have found a place where metal,art,blacksmithing and life have all collided and they like to call it Tough & Twisted. We'd love to take a walk through your imagination and create an item just for you.

Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/toughandtwisted
View Clark's sculptures at www.clarktheblacksmith.com
Visit our blog www.clarkmartinek.indiemade.com

Announcement
Last updated on Jul 7, 2016

Orders placed July 6th- July 20th will have an extended lead time of 4-5 weeks. Please note this when ordering. No rush orders will be taken during this time.** Iron Anniversary Gifts ** Hand forged Gifts for him, Gifts for her, Gifts for your home **
Traditional Blacksmithing / Contemporary Twist Show your love of Handmade by ordering a hand forged iron gift. We specialize in hand forged iron gifts for all occasions and personalities. Makes a great iron anniversary gift. We also love custom orders!

This husband wife team have found a place where metal,art,blacksmithing and life have all collided and they like to call it Tough & Twisted. We'd love to take a walk through your imagination and create an item just for you.

Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/toughandtwisted
View Clark's sculptures at www.clarktheblacksmith.com
Visit our blog www.clarkmartinek.indiemade.com

Clark and Charola Martinek

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Clark and Charola Martinek

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Gifts for women! Hand forged iron ring dish for the one your love #EtsyGifts
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About

The Blacksmith and his Art

"The Joy of what you do comes from within. But sometimes you must search though hot coals to find it. " That's the job of a Blacksmith Artist.

WHAT IS A BLACKSMITH?
By definition it is A person who hammers hot iron over an anvil to change the shape of the iron or steel he is hammering. Yes that's exactly what we do here! Clark has always been drawn to changing the shape of iron in one way or another. Over the years he has found many ways to do so. From the standard welding and fabrication to now Blacksmithing. This is by far his most favorite way is in FIRE and with a hammer.

HOW DID YOU START?
Almost 20 years ago Clark started like many others. In the welding field fabricating and building things for employers. Over time Clark wanted to branch out on his own and did so using a combination of fabrication and blacksmithing to create large gates, railing, wall hangings, and sculptures for private clients. This was a great gig however contracting wasn't all it was cracked up to be the long hours and time away from family got to be too much and he wanted something more. Something better for his family. At this time his long time friend and mentor helped him learn all he could to make the full transition to Blacksmith. This was that something that would allow him to create more art, the something that would give him time with his family and to show the world blacksmithing is still a living, breathing ,tangible art form.

WHAT DO YOU MAKE?
Our items are primarily hand forged metal, iron and steel, though we are not limited to that. We have the ability to create items out of, or in combination with: copper, stainless, aluminum, brass, wood, and rock. From your basic bottle opener to that custom long stemmed rose sculpture. They are unique and custom and can be easily personalized. We carry groomsmen gifts, anything for you iron anniversary, birthday for dad or your lovely mother, what about you sister, aunt, brother, uncle, ect? Obviously you can see we specialize in great gift ideas. But we also carry a great line of household decor including address plates and numbers, family name signs, or kitchen items.
You can view them all here: www.toughandtwisted.etsy.com Theres something for everyone.

WHO IS IN YOUR SHOP?
Clark is of course the blacksmith and artist of this operation. He designs and creates all the items in the shop. His wife Charola has been by his side for the 19years he has been working metal and has always been supportive in his creativity. She manages the customer service aspects as well as designs alot of the iron anniversary gifts in the store. And of course there is Drex. The 11 year old blacksmith in training. He was raised in a blacksmith shop and defiantly loves the fact he can be a part of our business by helping dad in the shop or mom in the office. Its amazing to think ALL this is because Clark wanted something better for his family!

**** Here at Tough & Twisted we really enjoy what we do and it shows in our items. As a husband and wife team we have found a place where love, hard work, and patience have really paid off and we want to share it with the world.
Its our goal here to let others know how beautiful iron art can be and help make memories that will last a life time.****
- Clark and Charola

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  • Clark and Charola Martinek

    Owner

    This husband wife team have found a place where Blacksmithing, Iron Art, Love and Life have all collided and they like to call it Tough & Twisted. Its more than just a store name its a way of life for this family of metal artists.

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    Blacksmith In Training

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Find toughandtwisted at the following upcoming markets!

  • Yankton Summer Arts Festival / Riverboat days

    Riverside Park,

    Yankton, SD

    Aug 19–21

    The Summer Arts Festival is the premiere, three-day arts event of the region held in conjunction with the annual Yankton Riverboat Days Celebration. The festival is held in picturesque Riverside Park which borders the mighty Missouri River. Held annually on the third full weekend in August under the coordination of Yankton Area Arts, the juried show features over 120 fine artists and fine craftsmen from around the country. Each year an estimated 100,000 people attend this community celebration. The 32nd SAF Festival will be held August 19 – 21, 2016. Clark the Blacksmith will be demonstrating and selling his craft here.

  • Sioux Falls Arts Festival

    Washington Pavilion, 301 S Main Ave

    Sioux Falls, SD

    Sep 10

    The Sidewalk Arts Festival is a FREE outdoor event with over 250 vendor booths featuring the region’s best fine art, folk art and craft artisans. Enjoy activities for kids, live entertainment, food vendors and more on the streets surrounding the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science! The Sidewalk Arts Festival is one of the largest annual fundraisers for the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion, the region's premier cultural, educational and entertainment facility. The mission of the Washington Pavilion is to educate, entertain, inspire and to enrich community by making arts and science part of our lives.

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