altFounded at the initiative of The magazine of metal and the Ukrainian Gefest blacksmiths enterprise by the founding convention on 5 February 2005, the Union of masters of blacksmiths art in Ukraine (UMBAU or just the Union) unites nowadays about 100 masters of blacksmiths art from 20 regions of the country. The Union aims at the development of the art forging as a type of the decorative and applied arts, ensuring of the proper status for the blacksmith-artist in the independent All-Ukrainian creative union.

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Forged Figures ParkIn 2001 in the course of the regular blacksmiths festival the Forged Figures Park was established in the public garden of the City executive committee of Donetsk. The project was initiated by Victor Burduk, chief director of Ukrainian Gefest blacksmiths enterprise and master of decorative and applied arts and under the aegis of the Donetsk City Council. Developing from year to year, the park has become one of the most famous places of interest in the capital city of Donetsk region. Moreover, it is unique in the whole world! 
The first exhibit of this outdoor blacksmiths art museum is a bunch of forged roses. This flower is a symbol of the miners’ capital, a symbol of the Donetsk Roses festival as well as the Forged Figures Park blacksmiths art festivals taking place in August-September.

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Бурдук Виктор Иванович (Viktor Burduk)
     Бурдук Виктор Иванович (Viktor Burduk)

Бурдук Виктор Иванович (Viktor Burduk):

I  have been engaged in art forging for more than 15 years. In 1994 I established the Gefest blacksmiths enterprise. Nowadays it is hard to believe that everything started with one hammer and two apprentices of mine. But for these 13 years there occurred very serious changes in forging methods, technologies and design, and in our public life as well.

Over these years we have become a creative team of designers and blacksmiths. It has become clear for us and our customers that there are not only coarse forged window guards, gates and fences but also different interior pieces made of forged metal combined with stained glass, stone, ceramics and wood. An important step in our development was an establishment of a separate enterprise which is the Kuznechnaya Lavka (Forge Shop) design studio. It is the place where customer’s fantasy and our designers’ efforts give birth to small ‘masterpieces’. Далее »

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