Monthly Archives: May 2013

Hand forged Iron in your home. By Hammersmith Studios LLC.

Hand forged Iron in your home. By Hammersmith Studios LLC.

Hand forged Iron for your home is a very personal design consideration. You have to have a understanding of your taste as well as the style of home or space that you want to decorate.
Is the space sleek and minimalist of is it traditional in nature?
if you are in the market for Forged metalwork you must seek out the best possible designer and craftsman that understands your desires and needs . Plus the artist Blacksmith should have your wishes as an important consideration and not be more concerned with his or her own artist interests and taste. Keep in mind that you as the client are the one that is hiring the artist . Ask lots of questions and focus on the scale of the work to be completed as well as the finish surface . Get some samples of the craftsman’s work that is similar to the product that you desire him to create for you. Some things to think about are that cost is different than value and that your budget for a project is extremely helpful when coming up with pricing scale that is comfortable for you.
shop around for similar work but if a price is higher than you imagined ask why is the pricing such . Let the craftsman educate you a bit about the work and materials involved because you are talking about a handmade product and not a production made piece. Always ask for references and enjoy the process because artist craftsmen surely does. For the most part all they want is that you appreciate their God given talent and to be compensated fairly for their labor .
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Some elemental points on Boston ironwork . By HammersmithStudios

 Some elemental points on  Boston ironwork . By HammersmithStudios

Boston’s Wrought ironwork has a very distinctive flavor . It is Decidedly English in Nature. The work produced by the working blacksmiths and Wrought iron craftsmen were from Old world stock and truly understood the design vocabulary of the designs set out by the Architects of the Boston Area. In particular they were well versed in the decorative style of the Georgian style English work with its very straight laced decorative designs and the use of rectangle stock was all hints to its origins. Another important feature was the use of Repousse foliage and Acanthus leafwork .The leaf work was of a more stout material as to be able to withstand the ravages of the Boston Weather. Decorative banding or collars were for the most part made in a more molding shape versus the flat stock type. the use of mechanical fasteners such as screws and rivets were used for all fittings of the structure of the gates or fences . Some other interesting decorative elements employed were things such as flame twist and hand forged picket points with very fancy spire or obelisk shapes as finials which were very common on the better work produced.