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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes
(1909)

Craftsman metal work: designed and made according to the same principles that rule the furniture,   pp. 162-164


Page 163

            CRAFTSMAN METAL WORK
   I
                                                T
               might be possible to dispense even with this instruction and
               to work out each problem as it comes up; learning by doing,
               in the simple way of the handicraftsman of old.
                  It ought to be possible for such home workers to   make
               everything necessary for the fireplace, including shovels
and
        ~      tongs, anclirons, fenders, coal buckets and even fireplace
hoods,
               althouah the last named might be a fairly ambitious under-
               taking for an amateur.    One needs but little imagination
to
               realize the interest an(l charm that would attach to a com-
               fortable fireside nook that had been  furnished in  this
               way, and the same principle applies to every one of the
                     smaller articles of furniture in the home. For ex-
                     ample, it is not at all hard to make from either brass
                     or copper a tray or an umbrella stand, a simple vase
                     or metal jug                       or    a jardi-
                     nidre, and the                     decorative
                     quality    of                      such things is
                     really   won-                      derful;   that
                     is,   if  t h e                    worker takes
                     care  to  con-                     fine   himself
                     to   s i m p 1 e                   good designs that
meet as directly as
possible the  need for which the                          article is made,
and then makes it
just as well as he can, keeping                           free from the temptation
so com-
mon to metal workers of artifi-                             cially heightening
the  ³hand-
wrought   effect by putting ham-                            mer dents where
they have no
business  to  be,  leaving   the                              edges  rough
 and   generally
exaggerating into crudity the                                 traces of workmanship
which,
if rightly used, give to a                                        l)iece
such a human  in-
terest and charm.  Much of                                        the effect
depends upon the
way the metal is finished.                                        For example,
all of  our
wrought<iron   w o r Ic   is                                      finished
in a way that has
T
               long been known in England as ³armor bright.        This
               is a very old process used by the English armorers,
               whence it derives its name, and its peculiar value is that
               it finishes the surface is a way that brings out all the
               black, gray and silvery tones that naturally belong to
               iron, and also prevents it from rusting.    This method
               applies to both wrought iron and sheet iron and is the
               only thing we know that accomplishes the desired result.
               The process itself is very simple.  After the iron is ham-
               mered it should he polished on an emery belt; or if this
               is not at hand and it is not convenient to borrow the use
               of one in some thoroughly equipped metal shop, emery
SMALL  SQUARE  LAN-
TERN MEANT TO HANG
FROM THE CEILING OR
AN OVERHEAD BEAM.
SQUARE LANTERN WITH
AN  UNUSUALLY    DEcO-
RATIVE  COPPER FRAME.
ELECTROIJER IN FUMED OAK ANiI iTAMMERED COP-
PER, ESPECIALLY I)ESIGNED FOR HANGING RATHER
LOW OVER A DINING TABLE.
ONE OF THE LITTLE
LANTERNS THAT IS
FREQUENTLY  USED
WITH THE SHOWER
LIGHTS.
ELECTRIC LANTERN OR-
SIGNED AS A FINIAL TO
A NEWEL POST.
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