SOURCE: Hammersmith Studios

March 27, 2006 12:03 ET

Hammersmith Studios Adds Original Ironwork to the New American Castle

CHESTER, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 27, 2006 -- The New American Castle, a luxury show home in the Berkshire area of Massachusetts, is the proud recipient of an original piece of ironwork by Master Ironworker, Carl Close, Jr. of Hammersmith Studios.

Carl and Susan Close started Hammersmith Studios (www.hammersmithstudio.com) in 1993. With true hand crafted ironwork on the brink of extinction and historical ironwork also disappearing Carl and Susan dedicated their studio to creating and restoring works of art metal for future generations. Hammersmith specializes in museum quality interior furnishings, door knockers, heirloom quality lighting and personal items.

Carl Close, Jr. designed and created an extraordinary wine tasting table base for the Castle wine cellar. Carl set about creating an artifact from medieval times in English Gothic style. Carl spent weeks researching details at the Boston Public Library and visited the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum. Some of the details chosen were a dragon, quatrefoil and grape motif centerpiece. The execution of the table took several months to complete but it was the twenty years of experience that brought it to life. Every piece of milled steel used to make the tourdeforce of iron art was hammered and textured by hand. The table legs started out as a piece of one and one quarter steel bar weighing one pound per foot. Holding the material while working it in the fire and hammering requires muscle and persistence.

The dragon faces were forged of one inch square steel stock and sculpted while the metal was heated over 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. The special punches and chisels used to create the life like features were custom made by Carl especially for the table project. The center piece grape cluster was forged painstakingly grape by grape using 5/8 inch round steel bar. They were shaped using a special shaping tool called a die also designed and made by Carl. Finally the finish was an application of linseed oil and beeswax while the metal was hot then hand rubbed to a glassy shine.

The New American Castle has completed all architectural elements and is now working to finish interior decorating prior to press tours this summer. For more information please visit www.newamericancastle.com and contact Patricia Baker, pbaker@bigpictureagency.com, Voice: 413-623-0950.

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