Custom Hand Forgings
At Hammersmith Studios we do things the old -fashioned way.
We render drawings by hand for our clients and their custom commission work.
The Tabernacle door featured has multiple layers German silver,as well as chiseled, pierce, open work and repousse` work. With a bronze medallion in addition to repousse` bee and hand cut letters.
Hand -forged solid bronze door pull handles with on lay tracery and fish motif .
Beautiful example of custom hand- forged door hardware.
Hammersmith Studios engineered & designed this custom brass tabernacle door with gems. With processes called chasing & repousse`.
A full view image of the altar with tabernacle installed, a beautiful hand painted reredos screen completes the altar.
A full size hand rendered sketch , one of our typical church hardware sketches. Designed and rendering by Carl Close Jr. Hammersmith Studios
A beautiful example of custom design altar rail which also serves as a fold-able gate for St John Evangelist Cambridge, MA.
Image of a Luneete grille, which we recreated from original drawings found in the home, drawn in the early 1900.
A beautiful flower detail for the Malden Public Library gate restoration. These were rusted away and we hand forged with repousse` lines applied.
A close up of hand forged dragon's head for a wine tasting table.
We are blacksmiths. We specialize in investment grade ironwork; hand forging and machine forging, repousse’; metal conservation and metal refinishing. To us experience means predictable results, predictable quality, predictable schedule and predictable budget. We have restored historic artifacts; replicated everything from bolt-heads to entire chandeliers, and built new work from original designs. We understand the construction process. Many artisans are out of their element when faced with construction administration. We will generate submittals and take the lead in mock up and sample reviews. We understand the chain-of-command but are very effective in direct communication with design professionals. We work as peers and collaborate to resolve ambiguities, make priorities and clarify preferences. We coordinate with other trades to make sure that when our work reaches the site, it “clicks” into place with all of the architectural relationships of line to joints as-designed.
Consultation: Hammersmith Studios offers consultation on site to discuss details, take measurements, and discuss options of your project. Call to schedule an appointment. If your project is of a historic nature we can also provide you with a study or survey to help you in gathering information to make the decision of how to proceed with the project or what you will need to budget for the success of the restoration project.
Restoration: Hammersmith Studios works in copper, bronze and mild steel. For historical restoration repair or replication using hand forging we are able to match techniques and styles of past master blacksmiths. Through extensive study of architecture and blacksmithing over the years it is possible to identify specific artists and blacksmiths shops of the past. With patients and this knowledge we are able to replicate missing pieces of historic works seamlessly.
Historical Finishes: Replication of historical finishes is thought as a simple task though in all actuality to provide historically accurate finished is time consuming takes skill and knowledge and is one of our specialties. Proper restoration or application of a historical finish can be extremely valuable to the outcome and the finishing touch of a project.
Custom Design: The process of custom designed project starts with a consult either in our studio or on site. If we do meet on site we will take measurements, speak about details and provide sketches or full size drawings if necessary. Consult and drawing time are billable hours. Once approval is given we will proceed to hand forging the project.
Metal Objects Conservation and Preservation: There may be a special piece you have recently acquired or one that has been in your family for years and needs conservation or preservation, repair we can provide services for you which will allow you to pass on the piece to future generations to enjoy. You can call to make an appointment or send an e mail for further discussion with your project.
Restored Garden Trellises