Irish Examiner Design / Life

Saturday 18th February 2017

'Forging life in bronze and steel' 
Interview by Aileen Lee for the weekly Design / Life column in The Irish Examiner

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Crux: A Dialogue in Metal

Thursday 2nd February 2017

Pleased to invite you to attend the opening of exhibition CRUX at Glor! Join us for a reception on Friday March 3 at 5.30pm - along with  the opening of The 11th Annual Ennis Book Club Festival 2017. If you cant make it here's a sneaky peak of the exhibition catalogue...

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The Saint Patrick New York City

Thursday 17th March 2016

We are extremely honored to have been commissioned to create "The Saint Patrick" - a prestigious award to be presented annually at the New York City Saint Patrick Day Foundation Gala Dinner. The recipients of 'The Saint Patrick 2016 - for Peace in Ireland' include those who have played a truly significant role in the Irish peace process.

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Blacksmith Course Gift Vouchers

Wednesday 2nd December 2015

Why you should send someone on a blacksmithing course at The Forge at Russborough House.

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On the Craft of Job Satisfaction - The Sunday Times

Sunday 22nd November 2015

Award winning journalist Tony Clayton-Lea interviewed this (possibly slightly jaded and under pressure) SME owner last week...

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The Retreat 2016

Sunday 1st November 2015

10 Irish Designers Who Are Turning Hospitality Into an Art. Step inside these artists' studios - and bring along an empty suitcase...

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The Art of the Rose (Angelus 2015)

Tuesday 20th October 2015

'I like the bongs. I don't have a religion. The one on Wednesday evening of the man forging a rose was rather relaxing to watch, more of that please...' 

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The Retreat 2015

Saturday 22nd August 2015

The Retreat - a unique chance to visit Irish designers. See Dublin, not as a visitor, but as a member of an exclusive group, with access to some of the world's greatest designers, venues and Irish Culture that's made available through private introduction.

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Russborough, The Artisans and a visit from President Higgins.

Saturday 18th July 2015

We love our land-lord Russborough House and highly recommend a visit!
A few events in 2015 were extra special to us.

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Irish Design 2015

Friday 12th December 2014

Design creates a better world. It shapes our daily lives, influencing how we interact with each other and with our environment. At its best, design is a powerful catalyst for change.

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Forging awards for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition

Wednesday 10th December 2014

Very excited to be part of the huge buzz of this competition which saw over 1000 young entrepreneurs enter with their outstanding idea /commercial venture for a start-up or existing business. Michael Calnan designed and made awards for the overall winners and the 24 regional finalists.

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Couple forging their own path

Wednesday 13th August 2014

Husband and wife team, Michael Calnan and Gunvor Anhøj, have been operating their contemporary metalwork company out of the historic surroundings of Russborough House since 2009.

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Gormleys Fine Art - Russborough Garden Sculpture Exhibition

Friday 18th July 2014

Gunvor on The One News, hahaa!

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'Made In Ireland' - Sunday Business Post Article

Sunday 27th April 2014

Michael Calnan and Gunvor Anhøj have forged a small business with a big reputation from iron, steel, bronze and copper. The Sunday Business Post Magazine by Margaret O’Brien. Made In Ireland: Calnan & Anhøj.

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Its a family thing... RTE's 'Kids speak'

Tuesday 5th November 2013

RTE’s ‘Kids Speak’ team came to film in June 2013 at the Calnan & Anhøj forge. Our little blacksmiths daughter Isabell then 5, was also interviewed...

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Exhibition 'Forged' - 20 years of Blacksmithing at Hereford College of Arts, England

Thursday 22nd August 2013

The blacksmiths featured in 'Forged' are at the forefront of their field, defining and re-defining the cultural positioning of blacksmithing.

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Bloom in the Park / Chelsea Flower Show

Monday 3rd June 2013

Exhibiting at Irelands leading garden show brought us back to when we used to exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show back in 2004 & 2005.

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How Fire & Iron got into Volkswagen...

Tuesday 5th February 2013

For the Volkswagen Ireland 'Dealer of the Year' & 'Retailer of the Year' awards we created these trophies which elegantly combine the traditional techniques of the blacksmith and the avant-garde and stylish trends of the modern car industry.

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Department of Foreign Affairs, bronze birdbath commission

Monday 15th October 2012

This hand forged bronze birdbath was commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade for their extensive collection of Irish art for embassies at home and abroad.

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Nostri Plena Laboris...

Friday 27th July 2012

'full of our hard work'.... proud to be award-winning blacksmiths.

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A little about us...

Michael Calnan & Gunvor Anhoj are husband & wife blacksmiths. We met in blacksmithing college back in 1998, we have two kids and live and work in the grounds of Co. Wicklow's Russborough House.


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