Wrought Iron
Frequently asked questions:
Why do people call this kind of work 'wrought iron'?
Wrought iron is the traditional forged metal. It is a material, not a style. The nature of the metal does direct how one works it, however. Wrought iron is never cast, for instance. It is exceedingly difficult to find now, as it is no longer commercially made. Chestnut Tree Forge has available a quantity of genuine wrought iron for special commissions.
Should my ironwork rust?
Iron is a reactive metal. Iron + oxygen = rust, especially in the presence of water, salt and pollution. Eventually everything done to combat rust will fail, but one can delay its appearance by the use of paint, wax, etc. The only path to freedom from rust is maintenance. Ironwork generally needs no more care than woodwork.
Is traditionally forged ironwork expensive?
Depending on design and how the metal is worked the traditional way can be accomplished more quickly and thus be less expensive than the modern 'cut & paste' approach, or it can take longer and be more expensive. The cost of all ironwork reflects its labour content.
Is traditionally forged ironwork 'better'?
It depends on the desired result. Good or bad work can be done in any style using any method. Many shapes and forms are centuries old. If one wants the genuine article, then the traditional way is really the only way to achieve it. Strength is rarely an issue; iron is so strong that if it looks right it is likely more than adequate.
Is traditionally forged ironwork versatile?
This one needs no qualification. ABSOLUTELY!

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