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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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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.


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.