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New Wrought Ironwork For Harvard University!

 Hammersmith Studios of Newton Ma.  recently  completed a Brand new hand forged Fire escape railing for the Harvard Lampoon building on Mount auburn street in Cambridge MA.  It was a collaboration of design with  Architects Albert Righter and Tittmann inc.  www.hammersmithstudio.com Image


How to hand forge a Wrought iron. Hobbit door hinge.

IMG_9653Hammersmith Studios Just Recently completed a  Decorative Hand forged Wrought iron hinge for a customer . We could not be more pleased with the outcome. It was designed by Hammmersmith Studios  for a Children’ s play room and was a main focal point for the interior design concept. The material chosen for the hinge was three sixteenth thick mild steel and was embellish with decorative motifs such as leaves and funny little creaturesto create a sense of whimsy.  there where some interesting challenges with this project such as properly aligning the hinge barrels so as to allow the door to swing level. after any hour of tweaking and adjusting it worked perfectly and the Customer had it installed for his holiday party and after all that what it is all about . If you are interested in our work , please checkout our website at http://www.hammersmithstudio.com


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.


Custom Hand forged door grille

 Custom Hand forged door grille

This hand forged Door grille was designed by Hammersmith Studios for a client in Brookline Ma. It has !4 woodland creatures as well as plants insects Flowers . It was completely hand forged using traditional techniques and joinery.


Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library

Here are some photos of the Boston public library Ironwork.
The Library was designed by Mckim ,Mead and White in 1888
the ironwork was designed by Alexander Spitzer a Boston Blacksmith who also executed the ironwork at Massachusetts State House . The Iron work for the Library was contracted out to the Snead Co. in Louisville Ky. The Snead Company already had the contract to make the Castiron bookshelves and had a forge large enough to handle the large amount of iron to be produced for the Italianate building . if you are ever in Boston do yourself a favor and check this building it is a feast for the eyes.