In my humble opinion, Fred Zweig is one of the most talented metalsmiths on the planet. And he’s just an amazing teacher. You’ve heard of an “actor’s actor”? Well, Fred is a “metalsmith’s metalsmith.” When he comes to San Diego to teach, the best practitioners in town come to learn. With good reason. You can see much more of his work and musings, and learn about his upcoming schedule at http://fredz49.blogspot.com/. Tucson, AZ is lucky to have him most of the time (when he’s not traveling).
Fred created this silver and copper mixed-metal piece as a technique sample. The copper bar is notched and can slide at will, even diagonally, as shown. The nails on the front are inlaid. Skill and artistry combine in all Fred’s work.
These photographs were shot in my Escondido studio while Fred was here in town teaching. I used a Nikon D300 camera with a 60mm Nikkor prime macro lens. Lighting included 500w and 250W softboxes plus reflectors. I created the gradient in PhotoShop.