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Refurbishing Your Outdoor Metal Furniture

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Refurbishing Your Outdoor Metal Furniture   Even the highest quality metal furniture can become unsightly without care. Care for lawn and patio sets includes keeping an eye out for paint chipping, flaking and rusting and making sure to store it under shelter during the winter months.   What can you do if your patio furniture has become worn and needs a refresher?   Scrape any loose or flaking paint - Prep is the most important part of your refurbishing job! Be sure to use a sturdy wire brush and remove any flaking or chipping paint. For your safety, please be...

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How to Close Your Fireplace for Spring

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As spring encroaches, you’ll find your family using the wood burning fireplace less and less. With the wood stack dwindling, it’s important to know how to properly care for your fireplace at the end of the season alongside the tools and accessories that are used in conjunction with it.

 

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Mixed Metals in Interior Design

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Six ways to incorporate mixed metals in your Interior Design.Incorporating mixed metals into your design can upgrade any space and define a vignette in any room. Here are six design concepts that are accessible and easily blended with any style. Metal Clothes Rack - Photo via Pinterest A well designed handmade metal clothes rack can easily be blended into any design, serving as a designer piece as well as functional storage for your favorite garments. Copper accents provide a subtle detail and wooden shelves add warmth to otherwise industrial design. For a pop of fun, you can even skip the...

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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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A Brief History of Door Locking Mechanisms

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While doors and locking mechanisms date back to Greek and Roman civilizations, we don’t quite know when the first door handle came into use in the United States.

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