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  • wroughtnharv
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    Most people look at ironwork the way that older women look at cars. They're more interested in it being functional and not making their butt look bigger.

    There is the price thing. And then there's something else. What it takes to make a great weldor isn't what it takes to have a real creative imagination.

    Welding is about self discipline. It takes a lot of practice and self discipline to be a really good weldor. A really good weldor can catch a puddle and concentrate on it start to finish.

    The really creative type craftsman can't. The puddle moves about a quarter of an inch and their mind has left the shop and is off figuring out how to make something else.

    Compare King stuff to real ironwork sometime. What King is missing is the soul of the work.
    Last edited by wroughtnharv; 02-21-2010, 07:11 AM.

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  • aametalmaster
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    Alot of it is price. Here from all the fence i see its smashed down square tubing. Most people don't want to pay a good buck that you would have in it. But some do and those are the ones to seek out...Bob

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  • Matt_in_Brooklyn
    started a topic Ornamental Railings

    Ornamental Railings

    In planning my railing project, I've been like a mental patient looking at every railing and fence I pass by, trying to get ideas. Here in Brooklyn the houses are very close together and I think that lends itself to having a lot of fences and railings. There are also a lot of old houses with authentic cast iron railings; really beautiful pieces.

    While taste is subjective, there has been a tremendous increase in SS fences, gates, storm/security doors which, in my opinion are just plain ugly. In fact, one of the deciding factors for doing this project myself was the one guy I brought in to look at the job only brought a SS sample. I never even asked him for a price...

    So here in my rant is a question to you gentlemen that have a welding business and may actually build and install fences and railings. I am sourcing my material from King Metal. The design I have chosen is from their Design Concepts book. They have some amazing designs in the book and also stock a lot of interesting and unique pieces. Why don't I see these on 98-99% of the houses I see? Do you think it's a lack of interest on the homeowners part or do you think it's a production issue from the builder's standpoint? Is the welder offering these options or is he just offering the cheapest product that can be put together faster? I have to believe there would be a niche market here, especially with the double-latte set gentrifying much of the 'hood. They would love the mix of art and utility.

    Man, once I get something in my head...
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