Custom Hand Forged Ironwork
Bringing the Past into the future
Blacksmith Artist Lorenzo Fortunato has been creating functional art in Austin, Texas for over 2 decades. Inspired by his uncle in Italy during his boyhood, Lorenzo spent much of his free time watching and learning this ancient craft and mastered the skills of hand forging.
As a young man, Lorenzo left Italy to see more of the world and, eventually, his travels landed him in Austin. That was the beginning of “Italian Iron Works.” Artistry and Fine Craftsmanship through the centuries old practice of hand forged iron.
Lorenzo’s functional designs are works of art – from traditional to contemporary. Designs range from exquisite fireplace screens, functional art, iron gates and railings. His work expresses passion, beauty, detail, and craftsmanship. Lorenzo keeps the ancient craft alive in modern times…serving Austin since 1992.
Lorenzo did two beautiful fireplace screens for us. He has tremendous attention to detail.
We were finishing up our Italian Inspired custom home and wanted a fire screen which was more than just some Home Depot/store bought item. We were completely surprised to find we had a Master Artisan here locally in Austin. Working with Lorenzo is something of a bygone era.
We had an idea of what we wanted, but once we saw the work and his level of old world craftsmanship we decided to give him artistic license. The finished piece is nothing short of Heirloom.
Toni Schmid Stevenson
Mr Fortunato is an artist, a craftsman, a master. He listens and engages with our vision. We LOVE the four pieces that he has created for us.
Lorenzo is the consummate artisan. We wanted a very specific look for our custom fireplace door and he creatively met and exceeded our expectations. He also crafted a very unique door handle which makes our front door look majestic.