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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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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


New Website Launched!!!

Susan and Carl are pleased to  announce the launch of the new Hammersmith Studio’s  Website!!! It is great to have a fresh feeling site  with intractive features and links to our Facebook pages and Youtube channels .www.hammersmithstudio.com 70  Linden Street Newton MA.02464     Image 617-969-5424


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.


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.


Custom Designed winerack

Custom Designed winerack

This Wine Rack was Designed by Hammersmith Studios For a client in Marblehead Ma.
It incorporates a Newport shell design and hand forged grapes and leaves .There is a hand hammered copper hood and forged iron frame . It stand 54 inch tall and is 2 and a half feet wide.