Historical Origin And Design Inspiration
A blacksmith is a person who creates objects from iron or steel by forging the metal; i.e., by using tools to hammer, bend, cut, and otherwise shape it in its non-liquid form. Usually the metal is heated until it glows red or orange as part of the forging process. Blacksmiths produce things like wrought iron gates, grills, railings, light fixtures, furniture, sculpture, tools, agricultural implements, decorative and religious items, cooking utensils, horse shoes and weapons.
A blacksmith's striker is an assistant (frequently an apprentice), whose job it is to swing a large sledge hammer in heavy forging operations, as directed by the blacksmith. In practice, the blacksmith will hold the hot iron at the anvil (with tongs) in one hand, and indicate where the iron is to be struck by tapping it with a small hammer held in the other hand: the striker then delivers a heavy blow with the sledge hammer where indicated.
When iron ore is smelted into usable metal, a certain amount of carbon is usually alloyed with the iron, (charcoal is almost pure carbon). The amount of carbon has extreme effects on the properties of the metal. If the carbon content is over 2%, the metal is called cast iron. Cast iron is so called because it has a relatively low melting point and is easily cast. It is quite brittle however, and therefore not used for blacksmithing. If the carbon content is between 0.25% and 2%, the resulting metal is tool steel, which can be heat treated as discussed above. When the carbon content is below 0.25%, the metal is either "wrought iron" or "mild steel." The terms are never interchangeable. In pre-industrial times, the material of choice for blacksmiths was wrought iron. This iron had a very low carbon content, and also included up to 5% of glassy slag. This slag content made the iron very tough, gave it considerable resistance to rusting, and allowed it to be more easily "forge welded," a process in which the blacksmith permanently joins two pieces of iron, or a piece of iron and a piece of steel, by heating them nearly to a white heat and hammering them together.
Hephaestus (Latin: Vulcan) was the blacksmith of the gods in Greek and Roman mythology. A supremely skilled artisan whose forge was a volcano, he constructed most of the weapons of the gods, and was himself the god of fire and metalworking.
Product Information As Shown: Hand Forge Solid Iron
We Hand Forge All Designs For Any Application
HH083 w/backplate. As shown: Locking Slide Bolt Hand Forged - Baronal Castle Style HH083 3"T X 3 1/4"D X 9"W. Iron locking slide latch - 1/2" solid round curl handle with iron backplate.
Patina Finish As Shown: Various Colors Of Hand Applied Iron Oxide Patinas.
Our processes includes five to ten coats of hand rubbed furniture quality clear water based non-toxic lacquers. It is applied, cured, rubbed and re-applied over all patina surfaces depending upon whether you order as limited edition or original works.
Every surface of this furnishing is finely finished including the undersides and hidden areas.
Each item is finished to be virtually maintenance free and to age with grace.
All steel parts are hand patina finished the old fashioned way by iron oxide hand applied with high temperature heat. We never powder coat or faux paint our steel, it has been proven paint and powder coating methods do not hold up over time. You may choose from many natural iron oxide colors. The natural color of most of our finishes are water based and earth friendly. You may order any single color or texture finish at no extra charge.
Your Choice Of Artistic Hand Forged Door Pulls Is Unlimited
When We Say Steel - We Mean Solid And Hand Forged.
Coal Fired, Hammered By Master Blacksmiths The Old Fashioned Way."
At Scottsdale Art Factory, we take pride in our traditional, superior quality workmanship and craft our products from only the finest steel. Our master blacksmiths have been classically trained, and utilize old world techniques such as coal firing, anvil hammering and hand forging to create the finest handcrafted lighting, hardware and furnishings available anywhere. No drop forged or casted copies.
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All Door / Gate Pulls, Handles Are Sized To Fit Your Particular Door / Gate.
We Guarantee Each Item "Forever" " No Questions Asked, backed by over nine decades of fine craftsmanship.
Scottsdale Art Factory carries on the American Arts And Crafts Movement of the 21st century,
in the same way William Morris and John Ruskin (founders of the Arts and Crafts furniture movement in circa 1800 England) inspired Gustave Stickley (founder of the American Arts and Crafts movement) in America circa 1900. Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Henry Greene (inspired architects of the ultimate cottages such as the Gamble House in Pasadena California
) are credited with raising quality standard to its highest level in their day. All of these great master craftsman also inspired the Marbella Brothers in the early 20th Century (founders of SAF circa 1913).
Every creative enterprise is always built on a foundation that was laid down by its predecessors. Creative people are also dependent on the groundwork laid down by those who came before them. H. J. Nick, artist and direct descendant of the Marbella brothers, and Scottsdale Art Factory have built on these foundations and have raised the bar of quality even higher. Thus setting a new standard and offering the finest one of a kind handmade furnishings found anywhere in the world in the 21st century.
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