SOURCE: Compass Ironworks

March 18, 2011 11:10 ET

Compass Ironworks Teams With Designers and Architects to Deliver Classical Ironwork With 21st Century Requirements in Mind

GAP, PA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) - Working off the grid, in a workshop that generates its own power, the master craftsmen of Lancaster County-based Compass Ironworks have recreated the extraordinary wrought iron fencing that surrounds the former estate of Philadelphia's Clarence Henry Geist and installed this modern masterpiece around a new estate commissioned in the region. Having researched and discovered the original designs of famed French architect Paul Cret, Compass Ironworks worked closely with the architects and designers building this 21st century estate to create a piece of architectural artwork that is all but indistinguishable from the one built 90 years ago.

"Compass Ironworks has been solving wrought iron issues for well over a decade," says Alvin Stauffer, client liaison "We work with a lot of architects and designers on high end shore homes, and it has long been known that salt air and wrought iron do not mix. We counter the natural effects of corrosion by using solid aluminum in place of iron and powder-coating each piece using specialized products and finishing techniques."

Compass Ironworks is one of the most eco-friendly metalworking operations in existence. Its 15,000 square foot workshop in the bucolic countryside of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where horse-drawn buggies share the road with pickup trucks, Compass Ironworks generates its own power and constructed its coating and finishing systems that emits no VOCs into the environment. The facilities exceed all EPA and DEP requirements.

"If being old-fashioned means 'green' and 'eco-friendly,' then we're definitely old fashioned," says master craftsman Amos Glick. "The solid iron that we use in our creations is 97% recycled material, we make gorgeous, one-of-a-kind wrought iron projects that will inspire for centuries to come out of old refrigerators and automobiles. You'd never know that by looking at them, but that's the truth."

Compass Ironworks

Working in the scenic Pennsylvania Dutch farm country of Lancaster County, PA, the master craftsmen at Compass Ironworks are dedicated to creating works of art out of metal. Compass Ironworks works hand-in-hand with contractors, engineers, designers, and other parties to meet client needs and to complete installations on time and within budget.

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