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 function 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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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 .
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.