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.
One of the most exciting and bold design trends that we are seeing is the use of texture patterned metals. These pieces are being applied in both architectural and ornamental work. Such examples include decorative panels, kitchen range hoods, railing panels, and table tops. Just about any project can be elevated by using the right metal with the right texture and finish. These pieces impart a hand crafted sensibility and interesting detail to both interior and exterior metalwork. But how are these textures made? As custom metalworkers, we have the ability to build our own custom tooling which allows for endless design possibilities. Below, is a video of the texturing process done within our studio once such tools are made.