Design is an essential component of creating a fine
piece of custom metalwork.
First of all, it must fulfill its practical
function. A railing must meet building codes, be strong, and offer
sure protection from falls and slips. Latches, hinges, or mechanisms
must work flawlessly for a lifetime.
Secondly, it must be beautiful
and function aesthetically with its surroundings. Because of its
strength and ability to be worked in an almost infinite variety
of shapes, forged metal can introduce an element of lightness and
whimsy into its setting, complimenting fine woodwork, stone, and
At Salamander Forge, every
piece is custom designed for a specific function, place, and client.
Drawings are done to give a sense of the final product and a feel for how
it will fit into its environment. Many technical aspects and proportions can
be worked out on paper before any metal is committed to the fire.
In addition to designing
work for my own hand, I offer a design service.
I can provide drawings
from concept through fully developed shop drawings, allowing work
to be fabricated by a qualified artist blacksmith shop.
Design work is licensed for a one time specific purpose
only and remains the copyrighted intellectual property of Salamander
Design fees are based on a time and materials basis
or a percentage of the final cost of the project.
For custom design
work please inquire through the Contact Page.
All work designed by Steve Gropp, Salamander Forge Inc.
Door hinges and window grill crafted by Tim Simonian. All
other metalwork by Steve Gropp.