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Luxury Ironwork

When you think of memorable  country estates  you often think of the wonderful Wrought iron Gates that grace the pillared entrances .  The gate is truly the welcome mat to the property . In Years past there was alot of thought that went into the design of the elegant scrollwork and interesting  ornaments to give the visual effect that the deigners and Architects where envisioning. Often Times they were utilizing designs that  traveled from the French and English countryside and reached back centuries  . The Architect and Clients   love of this art form of the forge was   a true transending  collaboration. Wrought iron was a standard of luxury  and clientsthat were building  exclusive residences needed the security and the elegance that the metal would provide. The wonderful hand made gate is hard to come by today but with the right Designer and Artist Blacksmith this  is still possible.  When one views  a Hand forged gate  it celebrates your arrival and  you get a sense of tradition and perminence.  You can feel the hammermarks of the craftsman  that are frozen in time .  It is the uniqeness  of its one of a kind   surface and texture  incororated in  the finished  product that  is the true rareity .

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What is hand Forged Architectural Ironwork?

Sometimes we get questions about our work . Lets face it  Hand forged Architectural ironwork isn’t usually the hot  topic of  many cocktail parties.   There is a lot of confusion about what it is and what it is not..Architectural ironwork is a term used to designate any metalwork that embellishes building or structures and is added  for safety and functional art . The main uses include Hand railings Driveway gates , Window grills  , Balcony brackets.   Hand forged ironwork is  also another term that can be quite confusing to some people. If you are interested in Hand forged iron work  than you should be looking  for a Architectural blacksmith company versus a  blacksmith . A general blacksmith my have the skill to forged work such as hinges and door hardware or kitchen accessories but may not have the Special skills or expertise to create larger scale work such as railing and gates.  Also they may not understand how to incorporate the correct design vocabulary into the project to arrive  at a balanced design.   Architectural  ironwork is a product that really has to work and funImagection properly, but just as important it has to look right with the building and its surroundings.   The hand forged designation means that the work is formed using hammers and Anvils   after it has been heated in a Blacksmiths forge or Furnace to approximately 1800 degrees.   Be Sure to ask the craftsman about the shop and the  tools  they use and if possible take a tour of their ,shop you will find it a fascinating place to see.,

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