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Guy Pendanx, The master of forge

When it comes to the profession of ironworking, Guy Pendanx is not only a virtuoso in technique, he is also passionate about preserving his métier and its traditions. His workshop, Les Forges de France, was recognized in 2007 as a company that promotes “living heritage” (Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant). For 2009, he holds the position of President of ironworking professions in Kuwait and hopes to soon open the first museum dedicated to the forge. Brands like Chaumet and Paco Rabanne have called upon his services, and his wrought-iron craftsmanship can be seen in staircase railings in Château de Versailles’ falconry and Paris’s Ritz hotel. Everything his workshop turns out – gates, pergolas, lamps, andirons, furniture – is original and signed. Working in copper, pewter and iron, this 18th century specialist takes time to train apprentices and interns. His approach is not unlike that of a top chef or couturier; for him, “every detail matters, the right curve, line and movement,” and he’s involved in each step of the process, from sketch to hammer.

Guy Pendanx