We are currently working on a metal restoration project for the historic Henry Street Settlement located in the lower east side of NYC. Please visit our “Case Studies: page to read PT. I of our study highlighting this exciting project. To learn even more about the project, please visit the Henry Street Settlement website.
As craftspeople, we continually seek ways to educate ourselves in various areas of metalwork. Recently, our head blacksmith, and tool enthusiast, Tim had the opportunity to take a week long course at the Adirondack Folk School under the renowned, and former Master Blacksmith at Colonial Williamsburg; Peter Ross. The class focused on creating box joints, a shape commonly used in 18th century tools such as sugar nippers, round nose pliers, scrolling pliers and rush-lights. Creating such a shape requires challenging forging techniques and processes. Once forged, the piece was polished, and finished. This type of work was typically completed by a Whitesmith. Below are a few images of Tim’s finished products. These are replicas of 18th century English style box jaw pliers. Pliers such as these were highly used in Colonial America and exported throughout the world.
Our company was approached by The National Parks Service with the request to repair and restore some stair components located inside of Fire Island's 160 year old historic fire house.