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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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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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Fireplace Cranes: A Decorative and Useful History

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Fireplace cranes throughout history have been staple pieces in colonial homes, as well as homes in the UK throughout the 19th century. They were used as a daily tool making cooking more efficient and safe. One could now hang a cooking pot over the fire, utilizing the swinging arm to adjust the temperature inside the pot. Not only was this a better method for cooking, but it was also safer when it came time to remove the pot from the fire, as the crane could be swung out to the hearth. Across New England and the UK, you will still...

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