A rose is an ancient symbol of love and beauty and make for a most fantastic romantic gift. It is said that the very word “rose” originated when Flora, the Goddess of Flowers. In pain upon being struck by Cupid’s arrow, was unable to properly pronounce the word Eros but made it sound like “ros”. From this the word “rose” becomes a synonym for Eros; both in Rome and in Greece it is the symbol of youth, of vitality, love, beauty and the fruitfulness of nature.
Wild at Heart
Our Wild Roses are hand forged and therefore unique. There are numerous ways to forge a rose. The ‘Wild Rose’ approach is our favorite as it requires a lot of fire time and freehand sculpting on the anvil. You could say that its the perfect marriage of the contemporary and traditional aspects of the craft of the blacksmith. The end result reflects this wonderful process. Each rose differ slightly from the other and all are ‘wild at heart’ (just like your true love) You can choose for it to be forged from iron or bronze. We work on these roses together – so this objet d’art is a true Calnan & Anhøj.
Watch a Rose being Made
“The Forge,” by the late, great Seamus Heaney, gives a vivid picture of the life of a blacksmith. It takes us through the creative process of processing metal into fine art and tools. This poem gives us a glimpse of the joy we can feel when we do what we want with our lives:
All I know is a door into the dark.
Outside, old axles and iron hoops rusting;
Inside, the hammered anvil’s short-pitched ring,
The unpredictable fantail of sparks
Or hiss when a new shoe toughens in water.
The anvil must be somewhere in the centre,
Horned as a unicorn, at one end and square,
Set there immoveable: an altar
Where he expends himself in shape and music.
Sometimes, leather-aproned, hairs in his nose,
He leans out on the jamb, recalls a clatter
Of hoofs where traffic is flashing in rows;
Then grunts and goes in, with a slam and flick
To beat real iron out, to work the bellows.