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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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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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