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Tuscan ironwork

From the March 2015 issue.
Tuscan ironwork

In Tuscany’s southeast, the Biagiotti family of blacksmiths expertly transform iron bars into beautiful works of art.

By Danielle Gullaci

The story of the Ferro Battuto Biagiotti business began in the early 1900s, when blacksmith Alfredo Biagiotti began experimenting with iron and other metals such as copper and brass from a room in his family home. Working as the village blacksmith, he set the foundations for a family trade that would endure for many years to come. His skills were passed on from one generation to the next, with his son, grandsons and great grandson following in his footsteps.
Alfredo taught his blacksmith skills to his son Mario, who went on to specialise in working with wrought iron.

Mario set up a workshop and showroom approximately two kilometres from Pienza, a town in the Siena province of Tuscany. A second showroom was then established in the historic centre of Pienza, luring in locals and tourists alike. As the area attracts many tourists, particularly from around Europe and the United States, Ferro Battuto Biagiotti’s works can now be found in homes around the world. The company has also made things like tables and lamps for Australian clients, who discovered the company after stumbling across the attractive workshop during their travels.

Although Mario has now retired, the family business continues through his three sons Alberto, Samuele and Alfredo, and their nephew Giovanni.  

Giovanni joined the family business in 2007 and recalls growing up to the beat of metal and hammers hard at work. “As a child on holidays during the summer, I came to the workshop for fun. My uncles and grandfather showed me how to make many things, like candelabras for example,” he says. “Although I completed other studies in political science, ironwork became my passion. I did two courses in the craft but learnt the techniques of the Tuscan tradition from my uncles and grandfather.”

To read the full story, pick up your copy of the March/April 2015 issue.

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