This class will focus on door handles, using traditional forged iron door handle designs as a starting point. The styles of historic door handles found in the US vary by region, due in most part to the country of origin of each region's inhabitants. In this class we will look at a number of door handle designs found in the Northeast, showing Dutch, German, French and English influences. Starting with a simple Dutch style handle, we will then move on to several designs found in and around the Hudson Valley of NY showing these varied influences. We will also cover the inner groupings (latch bar, staple and keeper) for these handle styles. Some of the skills we will refine are: shouldering, pre-shaping and spreading forms, punching, drifting, hammer welding, and nail making. We will also discuss considerations when working with “wrought iron”, as compared to steel. Students are invited to bring any door handles they have found for discussion, new or old. This class is best for students with some forging experience, who can find their way around the anvil and forge.
Tuition $345. Member Tuition $315. Materials Fee $45.
NOTE: Hard shoes and long pants are required for student safety.