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Medieval ironwork techniques.

This grille was made by repeating a process over and over and then joining all the elements together to make a pattern called quadtrafoil. The image above shows the process where each bar was joggled,punched,split,joggled and punched again to precise … Continue reading

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Graveyard ironwork.

An excellent place to search for historic blacksmith made ironworks are old graveyards, one can be lucky enough to stumble over a handmade grave surround amongst the broken factory produced victorian cast iron examples, This particular piece below is interesting … Continue reading

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Metal doors

Sheet iron doors were very popular in the glan valley of carinthia southern Austria, they were made from recycled plowshares which were flattened out and riveted together to make these patch work doors, iron was a very expensive commodity in … Continue reading

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Decorative door hinges-medieval style.

. The C hinge with the split curl orginated in the roman empire and was very popular in the twelfth century,this design formed a strong fixing to the wooden door, the examples above have about 18 clenched nails attaching the … Continue reading

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Kitchen handles

Handmade kitchens are a big investment, if the budget wont stretch to an oak crafted kitchen then one way to personalise your off the shelf units is to add some handforged handles to them.

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Ironwork for wheelwrights

Ive had the pleasure of making some ironwork for a beautifull unique baby carriage that is being restored by a wheelwright in somerset. This buggy dates from 1780 and the workmanship is very detailed and skillfully made, it is very … Continue reading

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Church work.

Churches are usually a good place to find handforged ironwork, the medieval ones can quite often have original hinges, door hardware and sometimes an oak chest covered with elaborate metalwork, some of the work is very inspiring and some not … Continue reading

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cut out hinges.

Cut out hinges came in to fashion around 1300 Ad, this technique uses sheet iron on which the required pattern is drawn and then cut out using a variety of shaped chisels and punches while the metal was hot, the … Continue reading

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Typical rural blacksmiths work.

Years ago when the blacksmiths forge was the hub of the community a huge variety of work would have been brought to the door, there was horses to shoe, farm equipment to make and mend, tools to sharpen and replace … Continue reading

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Decorative handrails.

Handrails can quite often be dull and municipal looking, but with a little consideration and experimentation a handrail can become a feature to the architecture of the building and not just a safety rail. A well made set of stone … Continue reading

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