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Forged Architectural Metalwork

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A handsomely illustrated guide to forged architectural ironwork and the craft of the artist blacksmith. At one time, almost every town and village had a blacksmith. There are fewer smiths today, but despite the public perception that blacksmithing belongs to a bygone era, the craft is thriving. Architectural ironwork demands a wide spectrum of skills, from making a finely detailed drawing to forging heavy, red-hot metal bars. A good gate, grille, or balustrade looks so self-evidently right in its setting that its origin seems almost beyond question, but a blacksmith had to measure, design, forge, assemble, finish, and fit it in place. Written by a leading artist blacksmith, and illustrated with nearly 250 photos and drawings, Forged Architectural Metalwork looks at design, construction, finishing, and installation, as well as the skills required of smith-workers in the architectural field today.

176 Pages, 8-1/2 x 10 (Hardcover) 180 color photos & 50 b/w drawings

Item #: BK932