My current project is three short sections of handrail to match ones that are already installed in the clients’ house. The job was referred to me by Tom Joyce, who made the originals. I’m very proud of this, because I’ve always admired his work. In fact, a 1996 National Ornamental Metal Museum show featuring several of his pieces is one of the main reasons I decided to come to Santa Fe and become a blacksmith myself.
These railings are traditional in design, and proved to be
quite challenging in execution. In the
photos, I’m using bending forks and an oxy-propane torch to shape a bracket
that holds the handrail to the wall.