Garden Gate


This charming sculpture features wetlands imagery, complete with forged cattail leaves and stems along with bird, dragonfly, and fish shapes, all welded to a sturdy frame. 36″ H x 24″ w x 1 3/4″D. Please note this is a sample. Hal will make yours to order.


After retirement as an architect, Hal Aavang was looking for a way to combine a practical skill with his lifelong love of working with metal, and to also use this skill as an art form. He found the blacksmithing program at Shake Rag Alley, and started with a basic blacksmithing class taught by Bob Tuftee using the traditional coal forge. In order to continue blacksmithing at home, the propane gas forge provided a clean and readily available forging heat for his projects. A MIG welder and oxy-acetylene torch added additional support for his home blacksmithing shop where he works on many pieces such as traditional hooks, fire pokers, flowers, other art projects, and an expanding list of future works. Hal is a member of the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association. He keeps, sells, donates to charitable causes, displays his work, and accepts commissions.

To learn about opportunities to take a workshop with this artist, see below.

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Product ID HA-S-01 Catalog