Clark & Charola Martinek | Metal
As a blacksmith I have created many unique pieces from the imaginations of some really incredible clients as well as my own abstract mind, from basic bottle openers to gigantic sculptural feats. I truly enjoy what I do and I believe it shows in my work.
Now a little about me, Clark Martinek, the artisan blacksmith...I am a mid-west boy born and raised so like most men here I became a welder at a young age. Loved it! Found myself soon employed right out of high school, but it wasn't enough. I went on many adventures using my fabrication and welding skills to guide my way state to state, but it wasn't until I met a blacksmith did I know my path of metal was going to get a little bumpy. Here it was right in front of me an aspect of iron that would change my life forever. I did everything in my power to learn the trade and to this day still continue to learn everything I can possibly absorb about it.
I currently run my own studio with my wife, Charola, called Tough & Twisted– where Metal Art, Blacksmithing, Love, and Life Collide.