Category Archives: Door ironwork

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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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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Working with other craftsmen.

Working with other craftsmen is a very interesting and engaging experience, learning new skills and ideas and different perspectives , one has to keep an open mind, everyone has there own way of working to get to the end result. … Continue reading

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Fixing modern locks to period properties.

Today insurers require 5 lever mortice locks to be fitted to your property, otherwise they will not insure your home against burglary, which is fair enough, the modern 5 lever mortice lock is very hard to pick, whereas the old … Continue reading

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Animal heads

Some of the earliest use of animal heads in blacksmithing date back to the late iron age, one particular example is the Capel Garmen firedogs which have decorated ┬ástylised horse heads with damatically forged manes , they date form 50 … Continue reading

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Norfolk latch.

The invention of the Norfolk latch during the early industrial revolution was seen as a nail in the coffin for the village blacksmith, the suffolk latch was in decline , and with it the masterful creative manifestations of the craftsmans … Continue reading

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Handforged Hinges.

Up until one hundred and fifty years ago a large part of the blacksmiths work would have involved making hinges, the average residential home would have had at least half a dozen doors and also chests, cabinets, gates, outhouses and … Continue reading

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Examples of door ironwork from madeira.

Below are some beautiful examples of blacksmith made , handforged door ironwork from the convento de santa clara in funchal madeira, founded in 1476

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