Forged Iron

“Long before the factory system, long before mass production, there was the blacksmith,” Ted Ferringer reminds us.

Ted is a blacksmith who makes one-of-a-kind pieces on order: wrought-iron hardware, fireplace accessories, tools, weathervanes. The anvil rings at his forge in the foothills of Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains, where he uses blacksmithing tools handed down through generations and often employs “the same careful, tedious techniques blacksmiths used in the past.” The products have a satisfying heft; Ted’s andirons, for example, would be as at home in a Craftsman or Historical Revival house as in a colonial Saltbox. Customers might order an iron door for a hearth bread oven, a chandelier hook, a pot rack, or a curtain rod. Shown here are a Suffolk bean thumb latch—an English design common in the 18th and early 19th centuries; a pair of flag-and-rattail hinges with their pintles; a slide bolt for horizontal or vertical mounting; and a bean teardrop hinge that might be used on a Dutch door or in a barn stall. Seven Pines Forge, (814) 797-1353, sevenpinesforge.com


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Founded in 1973, Old House Journal is the original authority when it comes to old-house restoration, traditional house styles, period kitchens, bath & kitchen restoration, DIY projects, gardens & landscaping, and more-- from Colonial and Victorian through Arts & Crafts and Mid-century Modern homes. 

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