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Restoration

The history of ironwork in America extends to the time of the exploration of the New World.  Ironwork came from the old world in forms of armament, tools and decorative art.  Eventually the craft and tradesmen established the capabilities to produce the products needed in the colonies and in the south western regions of the country.  These products have survived in various degrees through the centuries since they were originally created by the blacksmith in their country of origin.  There is no question metal working capabilities existed in many locations of the old world and the new world that surpasses the talents of most or possibly all who are working in the field today.  Be that as it is, the ability to recreate products of past artists is still often requested of today's blacksmith.

 

Key Benefits

bulletHot Iron Blacksmith offers to clients a potential source for restoring and recreating ironwork products dating back from the history of our forefathers.  Each request is special in and of itself.
bulletEach  restoration and recreated works will be individually quoted..  The normal quoting process is dependent on estimated time and materials required for the entire project.
bulletSpecial tooling is typically required for each project.  Hot Iron Blacksmith is capable of creating any of the special tooling required.  The costs of developing the tooling is included in the price of the finished product.  The client will own the tooling and can receive it along with the finished products.

Limitations and Capabilities

Product Size
Limitations of shop size and equipment create a limit of project size to approximately 8 feet by 8 feet and a weight limit of 300 pound per item.
Restoration Process
Many historical architectural ironworks were originally created as iron castings and incorporated into ironwork by welding the castings to wrought iron structural components.  Hot Iron Blacksmith does not make iron castings and has only a limited amount of such products available from casting supply firms.  If the project warrants the cost of developing a new source of the recreated castings, this can be managed within the total project scope by subcontracting with casting suppliers..

Reference Commissions

Sugar Nipper

This 18th and early 19th century American kitchen tool was used to chip small pieces of sugar from the sugar cone.  At this time sugar was made by pressing raw sugar and molasses in a cone shape and dried.  The result was a very hard piece of sugar that was then chipped into smaller pieces for serving at the table with tea.  The sugar nipper provided the ability to chip the small pieces for serving.  Elaborate table ready silver nippers and sturdy kitchen style heavy duty nippers existed in a wide variety of styles.  Commission prices were competitive with antiques available on eBay.

Plow 

A walk behind two wheel tractor plow built in the 1940's was worn beyond use.  The plow point was forged new and trailing elevator arm was restored to original dimensions.  Commercial metal fabricators are generally not capable or interested in working on this type of a project.  Hot Iron Blacksmith took it on a a challenge and limited the charges to the customer to allow the plow to be returned to use in the customer's garden.

Hinges

The first examples are 1865 cast iron 1 3/4 inch butt hinges.  The original manufacturer is still in business, but the cast iron hinge is no longer produced for market.  The customer was looking to obtain matching hinges that would resemble as closely as possible the original cast hinge. Hot Iron Blacksmith recreated the size and look from forgings.  Surfaces were hammered and patina applied to recreate in intricate detail the appearance of the original antique cast iron hinges.   The second example is a faux hinge dating early 20th century done for a furniture restoration where one of a set was missing.  This piece is made from 16 ga. steel.

           

Bar Room Table

19th century bar room tables often had corner shelves for placing the player's drinks.  These drink trays were supported by decorative iron brackets mounted to the bottom of the table in each corner.  Shown below are reproduction hand forged ornamental iron brackets of the same form used on the original tables.  The complete table is available on special order.

       

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