Dan Davenport makes hand hammered aluminum giftware using a traditional French technique called “repousse” meaning pushed up. The designs are drafted with pencil and paper which is used to make an engraving in reverse of the image. Next they place a piece of aluminum over the engraving and hammer the image into the aluminum. This same technique was used in the creation of the Statue of Liberty.
Using recycled aluminum, he and his wife Ruth, produce over 100 items including decorative and commemorative trays, bookmarks, plates, coasters, pins, ornaments and crosses. They run American Forging out of Millington, MI, where they share various roles of running the business.