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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.

Another Repousse Doorknocker

Another Repousse Doorknocker

This is Another Repousse doorknocker made for a Client in the Hamptons Long island. The customer wanted a old world but whimsical doorknocker for their Cotswold style Arts and Crafts house . So this is what I come up with . It is hotforged out of eighth inch mild steel plate cold finished and the finer details are chased in .

Copper Repousse panel by Carl Close Jr

Copper Repousse panel  by Carl Close Jr

This is a Copper panel that is created by a process of metalworking called repousse . Repousse is a technique that has been practiced since the dawn of time.The work involves using small steel punches and chisels to raise volume from the back of the material . The material is backed up with a pine resin compound called pitch to support the copper as it is being worked . The Front of panels are then chased with hammer and chisels to bring life and detail to the design .If you are interested in the art of Repousse and want to learn from a Master , please look up Valentin Yotkov online at http://www.valetinyotkov.com.
He is a wonderful guy as well as a superb teacher !