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Metal Handrails For Every Style

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Often when we think of interior railings we think wood. Wood railings are the most commonly seen types of interior railings yet bringing in the element of metal can be truly fun, and design-spirational! 

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Five Inspiring Home Entry Ways

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For function or fashion, your entryway should always be one of the most inspiring spaces in your home. All houses both big and small share this common area where you the opportunity is created to set the tone for your designs style. Whether you prefer country farmhouse chic or a modern, edgy look, here are 5 inspiring spaces that are sure to leave you with entryway envy. 

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Adding Metal Art to Your Garden

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You’re inspired by metal garden art. You’ve dreamed of incorporating it into your yard, yet want to make sure it’s fitting, tasteful and high enough quality to last. Look no further for inspiration! We’ve composed a list of three unique designs to inspire your home garden and three unique places in Connecticut to experience metal garden art if you don’t have a spot of your own.   Factors to consider when choosing garden art and metal garden decor include, size, color, style, and even patina. Naturally, we support buying art pieces from local artisans and makers.   Determine your style...

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Brief History of The James Driggs Shop

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Arc and Hammer came to fruition through the James Driggs Shipsmith in Mystic, CT. Starting her apprenticeship at age 15 Shelby began learning the ropes of traditional blacksmithing at an early age. I hope you enjoy the brief history of where it all began.  If New England history intrigues you and you’re looking for somewhere to go this weekend, visit the James Driggs Shipsmith shop at Mystic Seaport. The Mystic Seaport (Mystic, CT) is the largest maritime museum in the United States complete with a 19th-Century maritime village consisting of over 60 historic buildings, all of which have been meticulously...

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Decorative Iron: Its Timeless History

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Decorative metal handrails, fences, gates, and the like have been popular throughout the ages, making them one of the most timeless decorative accessories to many homes and buildings. The earliest railings were forged from wrought iron in the 15th century by a blacksmith. Early examples can occasionally be found inside churches and historical buildings dating into the late 19th century. Cast Iron railings did not come into fruition until the second half of the 18th century, following the development of a new industrial processes. However, cast iron was rarely used decoratively on the outside of homes until the late 18th...

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