Testimonials

Please accept my thanks for the lovely sculpture that my wife and I received at the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade dinner. 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

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, Art Critic

Some of the finest contemporary art metal-smith work to be found in Ireland today under one roof, in the engaging exhibition entitled CRUX – A Dialogue in Metal.

John Tynan, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

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.

Simon Elliott, CEO of Volkswagen Ireland

I really love the water feature, 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.

Lois Alter Mark, Award winning writer at Huffington Post

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

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

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. 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 & Patricia, Dublin 2013

Having visited a good number of the greatest museums in the world, this swan – the St. Patrick Swan – moves me emotionally so very much. You are truly National Irish artistic treasures.

Christopher S. Hyland, New York 2016