March 17,2005



Dan Nauman, President and owner of Bighorn Forge, Inc. of Kewaskum and Cedarburg, Wins Award in International Metalcraft Competition.


MILWAUKEE, WI- Dan Nauman, owner and President of Bighorn Forge, Inc. of Kewaskum and Cedarburg, has won an award for outstanding craftsmanship in an international competition sponsored by the National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA). The event was open to over 1,000 member firms throughout the U.S. and in 12 foreign countries.


Nauman won a Bronze award in the Furniture and Accessory-Forged Category. His entry was an ornate chandelier made for the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, 2000 W. Wisconsin Avenue, in Milwaukee. The chandelier, boasting over 130 oak leaves, acorns, French and German repoussé leaves, and sporting three pair of huge elk antlers, was a reproduction of a chandelier made by the famed Austrian born Milwaukee master blacksmith, Cyril Colnik (1871-1958). The piece is nearly 6 and a half feet in diameter. Nauman utilized the many methods of forging and shaping metal as was common in Colnik's day.


The presentation was made at a special banquet in New Orleans, LA, March 5, during NOMMA's annual convention. The Ernest Wiemann Top Job Awards Competition is an annual contest that recognizes outstanding work in the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry.


To win an award, entrants must submit photos and a description of their work. This material is then publicly displayed in a gallery where NOMMA member firms are given the opportunity to vote.

Winning a Top Job award has special meaning, since it represents a "voice of approval" from industry peers.


NOMMA, with headquarters in Forest Park, GA, is the trade association for the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry. Products produced by NOMMA members include railings, driveway gates, fences, doors, walkway gates, sculpture, and many other hand forged, and fabricated products.


To reach the company, call (262) 626-2208.


To view the winning entry, visit and click on >Top Job Gallery.


Or visit , click on >Portfolio, and then click on >Lighting.

Click the chandelier thumbnail on the left to see a series of photos.