Spirit Ironworks, Inc. was started in 2001 as a partnership between siblings Timothy and Rachel Miller. Both have a passion for the art of metalwork and blacksmithing. Timothy started his career with a degree in metal-smithing and Rachel has a degree in fine arts. Over years the company has grown to include a team of skilled artisans.
We are family owned and operated with over 25 years of combined experience in the craft of hand forged metal work. We have the capacity and the experience to execute a wide variety of projects including interior & exterior railings, gates, fencing, furniture, hardware and historical restoration.
We are active members of National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association, The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, The Institute of Classical Architecture, Artist Blacksmiths Association of North America and The Patchogue Arts Council.
Ours is one of the few shops in the New York area that have the ability to create hand forged scroll-work, repoussé, and decorative elements in house. This ensures complete control over the quality of our product from start to finish. Whether the spirit of the project is modern or traditional in design, we embrace both contemporary and classical techniques based on its individual appropriateness.
Our expertise extends to working with steel, historic wrought iron, stainless steel, bronze, copper, brass, monel, and aluminum. We also offer a large selection of finishes and patinas.
Whether the project is hundreds of feet of custom estate fencing or a simple fire screen, Spirit Ironworks, Inc. will satisfy all of your metalworking needs. We also offer an in house designer capable of taking a project from conception to completion.
Rachel Miller / Owner
"Creativity and pursuing your passion had always been encouraged in our family. From a very young age I was always drawing and doing crafts projects. So when it came time to choose a career path it was only natural to study art.
I originally went to the University of the Arts with the intention of studying illustration. But a ten-minute welding demonstration led to a not so minor obsession with metal. Most of my time from that moment forward was spent in the metal shop welding together steel sculpture.
As a blacksmith I am fascinated by functional objects, as an artist I respond to natural form, so it seemed fitting to combine the two. Presently this is the focus of my work: creating objects that are beautiful as well as functional. Artwork that is useful as well as collectible."
Tim Miller / Owner
My first exposure to blacksmithing was at the age of eleven when, at the Bellport Brookhaven Historical Society blacksmith shop, I saw a smith working. He was cutting hot steel with a chisel and the red hot shard he cut off hit the dirt and caused it to burn. For some reason, that image was seared in to my memory. The idea that hard cold metal could be shaped in hot with a hammer an anvil blew 11 year old my mind.
A seed was planted and by the age of eighteen, my sister Rachel and I obtained permission to work in that same shop. Little did I know that this early collaboration would lead to a much more significant one years later. I received a BFA in metals in 1998 form SUNY New Paltz. In 1999 I set up my own forge in Bayport, NY and began taking on a wide range of work.
My shop grew and soon it was apparent that it was growing beyond just me. In 2003 my sister and I formed Spirit Ironworks, Inc. Our collaboration has led to much diversity in our work, along with increased quality. Some of my recent commissions include the railing above Public House 49 located in Patchogue, NY, a custom interior railing at 89 North music space also in Patchogue, NY and various art fabrication work for the NY artist; Jeff Koons.
This is a collaborative process between the client and our company. Typically, the designer will meet with the client to discuss their needs, budget, and assess the environment in which the finished metalwork will be installed. The design process can be simple or involved depending on the complexity of the proposed project. It is important for the designer to consider many circumstances that will affect the finished product during the designing phase; some of these factors include building codes, safety/security issues, environmental exposure, type of metal chosen, time constraints, and availability of materials. Our in-house designers are experts in navigating through these issues all the while adhering to the client's desires. In many cases, the design can begin with a simple sketch and evolves into a full-scale Auto Cad drawing of the project for the client's approval. We can also produce shop drawings for architects/contractor's review and approval.
Blacksmithing / Custom Forging:
Most work created by Spirit Ironworks involves time at the blacksmith's forge. To forge metal, it must first be heated to incandescent temperatures; it is then shaped using the impact of a hand hammer, or powered forging machine. An established blacksmith shop such as ours has accumulated hundreds, if not thousands of custom-made tools for forging metal. The design possibilities of forged metal are virtually limitless. To a blacksmith, metal becomes like a piece of clay that when heated, can be shaped in a myriad of ways. This is a highly skilled craft that takes years of training and practice to master. We are capable of forging copper, brass, bronze, nickel, Monel, aluminum, steel, and genuine wrought iron among others.
We specialize in creating custom scrollwork for use in historical restoration and ornamental metalwork. We can expertly replicate existing scrolls from samples, images, and drawings. Our staff is experienced in sourcing hard to find profiles and materials needed to make custom scrollwork. We also assist with joinery including rivets, collars, pins, screws, mortise and tenon, and of course; electric welding.
Hammered Copper, Bronze, Brass Sheet Metal Work
We are experts in producing uniquely textured sheet metal for both ornamental and functional applications. Whether copper, brass, zinc, or bronze, we can produce a custom texture and finish that will meet our client’s specifications. In addition to our textures and finishes, we also bend, cut, fold and form the piece(s) to create functional items such as canopies, range hoods, and counter tops.
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Restoration of Historic Metalwork
We are experts in restoring and replicating antique and historical metalwork for land-marked, and non land-marked properties. We can repair ironwork to National Park Service standards using genuine wrought iron and historically accurate techniques. We can also take existing antique ironwork and modify/restore it to work with the current function of the structure. Generally, the restoration process begins with assessing the damaged ironwork, cataloging and removing the piece(s) from site, cleaning, replacing/repairing, refinishing, and reinstalling the finished product. We are members of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and are committed to upholding the historical integrity in every one of our restoration projects.
Public Sculpture and Art Fabrication:
Our company has built and installed several large scale public sculptures. We are capable in all phases from concept, design, construction, finishing, and installation. We have collaborated with many community organizations to create designs that would enrich and enhance their public space. In addition to designing and building our own art work, we have done extensive metalwork for many artists including the world-renowned Jeff Koons.
Unlike ornamental ironwork, industrial forgings are utilitarian in nature. Some examples of industrial forgings are hooks, links, eyes, rings, nuts, and bolts. We are experts in the reproduction of custom, or obsolete industrial parts. We have worked on many industrial projects including the building of stanchions for the iconic Brooklyn Bridge.
We are experts in creating authentic and artistic hardware in a variety of materials. We can replicate and repair existing hardware on historical structures undergoing restoration. Some of our former projects include the reproduction of 17th century strap-hinges for one of the oldest homes on Long Island, and the replication of authentic hand-forged Monel hardware for a historic Jazz-aged estate located on Long Island's "gold-coast"
Hand Made Tools
Since the dawn of the Iron Age, blacksmiths have been the world's foremost toolmakers. For over 20 years, we have been producing a line of custom forged metal-smiths tools. We also make fully functional presentation tools that suit our client's needs.
Faux Finishes, Hand Applied Patinas, Surface Textures
Our company adheres to the highest standards in metal finishing. This includes the "metalizing" of all exterior ironwork susceptible to rust. The process of "metalizing" is the application of a flame sprayed zinc coating which physically bonds to the material, protecting the ironwork by keeping it corrosion free for decades. We also offer custom high-grade paint, powder coating, chemical and natural patinas, gilding, as well as hand applied faux finishes.