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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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6 Victorian Era Fence Styles - For Historic Homes

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While materials have changed over the years, many styles have continued to honor a by-gone era. 

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12 Ways to Avoid Tuscan Style when Incorporating Wrought Iron in Design

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 Tuscan style is a thing of the past, and it should be left in the era of palazzo pants because 2018 demands sleeker, modern styles that feature crisp lines and square silhouettes.

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Reading Anvil Weight Markings

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How to determine your anvils weight via markings. Anvils are marked in a variety of methods but most English anvils were marked using the hundredweight system. American made anvils are marked in pounds. Anvils made in other places (including many Swedish anvils) are often marked in pounds. A few are marked in kilograms and some cast anvils are marked in pounds rounded to the nearest 10 pounds (250# = 25). Cast markings are easy to identify as they are usualy raised figures rather than stamped into the anvil. Then there are the many unmarked anvils. . . If you are...

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