Amanda Brunete is a master blacksmith. In her workshop she carries out works of reproduction, interpretation and restoration of the Historical and Cultural Heritage. She has a vast experience working directly with official entities as well as with other restoration businesses.
The processes and techniques she carries out are the following:
She evaluates and carries out a diagnose of the object, revising the rivets, collars, and the unions of the wrought iron grilles to the ground or the wall.
Cleaning and substitution of broken or non-existent pieces, whether it is on-site, with the portable forge or at the workshop.
Manufacture of rivets and assembly of them using the dolly tool.
For the restoration of cresting she carries out a combination of techniques under the name of batido, consisting of altering the shape of the sheet of iron with a hammer.
Reproduction of flowers, lead macollas with red silicon moulds.
The tools she uses are those which can be found in any blacksmith’s forge: hammers, punchers, compasses, mezzalunas, files, forks, pressure jacks, etc. She also uses electrical tools such as: radial saws, drills, compressors, folding machines, shears, etc. These utensils are used as a way to improve the traditional methods, since one is able to cut, punch and grind the material in a reasonable amount of time. However, these are not used for restoration processes, where she still sticks to strictly following the traditional processes.
For Amanda, it is important to have respect for the pieces that one is working on as well as respect for the blacksmiths who manufactured them in the first place.
In 1992, after carrying out her studies at the school of arts, she started learning forging with the blacksmith masters Jesús Morales Marcos (1992/1993) and Ángel and Elías de Andrés (1994/1999). In the workshops of these masters is where she acquired and developed the traditional techniques carried out at the forge, such as: drawing down, stretching, laminating, embossing, cutting or splintering, as well as the use and manufacture of tools.
Restoration of the Bank of Spain (Segovia), Restoration of the balconies and wrought iron grilles of the Palace of Las Monas (Segovia), Restoration of the access doors to the Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso (Segovia), Cleaning, consolidation and replacement of non-existent pieces of the Door of the Cloister of the Cathedral of Segovia.
Replacement of the wrought iron grilles of the Palace of María Pita (La Coruña), Handles for the Chest of Drawers belonging to the Cathedral of Murcia. Different works requiring the interpretation of heritage and restoration for the Town Council of Segovia.