Commendations



' Please accept my thanks for the lovely sculpture that my wife and I received at the annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade dinner. It made the march up Fifth Avenue worthwhile! We will be reminded daily of you and your extraordinary skill in the sculpture which has a prominent place in our home '

Senator George Mitchell, New York, 2016.



'I can uncompromisingly say that exhibition CRUX is a good show. I am very privileged to be able to recommend it to you.'

Brian Fallon, one of Ireland's foremost art critics, when opening our group show CRUX at Burtown House, 2017.



' Take five noted practicing craft and design artists, each individually recognized for their creative skills and master craftsmanship in all things metal art, combine the product of their individual hand-crafted toil into one overall collection and what you have as a result is some of the finest of contemporary art metalsmith work to be found in Ireland today under one roof, in an engaging Exhibition entitled “CRUX - A Dialogue in Metal”. '

John Tynan, Head of Education, Training & Development Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. Glor Arts Centre 2017.



' We wanted something stunning, unique, Irish, memorable and worth winning so when we briefed the forge to achieve all of those criteria we were stunned when they delivered on all of them. They were a pleasure to work with, gave us several options and the finished pieces were unbelievable. Highly recommended if you're looking for something different, unique and very special '

Former CEO of Volkswagen Group Ireland - Simon Elliott, 2013. 



' I really love it, it brings life sound and movement to our patio. Thank you for being the right people for this very special commission, it will bring endless joy '

Kate - Dublin 2017



' There’s a surprising warmth and poignancy to the art of blacksmiths Michael Calnan and Gunvor Anhoj, especially when you hear them share the meaningful stories behind it'.


Award winning writer at Huffington Post - Lois Alter Mark on 10best.com, 2015


' ... perhaps the biggest takeaway from the Retreat, was a greater respect and appreciation for the creative process. We were taken into the forge of Calnan & Anhoj and we watched how they forged these beautiful sculptures and chandeliers. I have a newfound respect for artists who are so committed to their craft.'

Lisa Johnson Mandell, editor in chief of 'At Home in Hollywood', 2015



' Thank you Michael. The pieces are beautiful and I think you really captured the spirit of the competition '

Sheelagh Daly, Head of Enterprise, Wicklow County Enterprise Board 2014 (#IBYE)



' We just HAD to give you a sneak preview of the exquisite ‪#‎IBYE Winner Award! Expertly and creatively crafted by the masters of craft, Calnan & Anhøj in Blessington, Wicklow. The 'Bronze Feathering Acorn' defines the development and strong growth of the core business values, aspirations and acumen of the entrepreneurship that has been fostered throughout the #IBYE Competition '

Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur Competition Awards since 2014




' I have been reading about your work for awhile and admiring it and tonight I finally took possession of the piece I wanted. It was kind of Michael to deliver it to us. There are several places in the garden where it will look great but we also want to be able to look at it from the sitting room. No doubt we will be moving it around until we settle on its summer location. I expect to put it in a different location in the winter. I love it's shape, particularly the curves and the different elements it is made from. It will be great to come down in the morning and see it '

Stephen and Patricia - Dublin May 2013



' Having visited a good number of the greatest museums in the world, this swan moves me emotionally so very much. You are truly National Irish artistic treasures. Alex Lieberman made a very strong point to me that if you do not see balance in art - even in that that is irregular - it cannot move the soul. Your Swan - the St. Patrick Swan - moves me profoundly. Thank you so very much '

Christopher S. Hyland -  New York 2016.




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