A few odds and ends

Time for a few of the smaller projects Kyle worked on over the winter!

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Sometimes the cobblers children do have shoes. Kyle made these custom-fit awnings for the front and rear entrances to our studio building. The frames and brackets are forged steel and an aluminum top is riveted to the frame.

Kyle fabricated this custom sign bracket for the Yoga Dojo, one our neighboring businesses in Scott's Addition.

These boss beauties are hand-forged refrigerator door pulls. How'd you like a fridge like that??

If you've got a small project and you've wondered if we could help you out, give us a ring at 804-888-9778!

Two sets of exterior hand rails

Last fall we created two sets of matching hand rails in a simple curved design and installed just in time for the winter holidays.

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We used a traditional half-oval cap rail for this piece, so named for the shape of the material in profile. In the first photo Kyle is creating the terminal curve at bottom of the steps. In the second photo, he's checking the angle of the curve as it spirals downward. The last photo shows the heat scale or oxidized steel that forms on the surface of the steel as it's heated and forged. This scale is cleaned off before a finish is applied to the steel.

And here are the two sets of completed railing installed! A nice simple but elegant design.

Summer of Railings

Do two sets of railings make for a summer of railings? Does making them at the peak of the summer heat in a sweltering studio with just a few fans blowing on the blacksmiths make it count? Yeah, we thought so too.

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We're really enjoying these minimal, open designs. This first small handrail was installed in a porch with slate steps.

This second railing design required a pair to complete the sweet little brick path from the street up to the house. Notice the detail at the end of the handrails. This was a particularly fun design!

If you're in need of custom railing (now or dreaming for the future), take a look through our Architectural Ironwork gallery and the railing posts on our blog. We love to create custom designs to fit a client's needs, and we can usually provide a few options to fit a variety of  budgets.