Crucifixion Nails

Crucifixion Nails

This week I was asked to forge some crucifixion nails for an Easter Sunday church program.  It seemed an appropriate job for passion week.  I did a little bit of research and to the best of my knowledge found what most scholars think was the size and shape.  It turned out to be an emotional experience to forge crucifixion nails.  At the forge my thoughts began to wander. Once, this was someone’s job.  Who was the blacksmith that forged our Lord’s nails?  Was he paid?  More likely he was a slave.  I hope he was a slave; it is difficult to imagine someone taking money for the job.

As a craftsman the primary concern of any job is: will it do the job it was intended for?  Would these nails take the weight that they were supposed hold?  I guessed that they would, but I had to know so I tested them and they easily held.  I don’t like to focus too much on the physical pain that Christ suffered because it was so much more than that, but suddenly the cross became a very disturbing image to me.

Still, who forged the nails?

Then I thought, I guess I had a hand in it…

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5

 

Crucifixion Nails

Colonial Wrought Iron Front Entry Walkway and Garden Gate- Mercersburg, PA

Colonial Wrought Iron Front Entry Walkway and Garden Gate- Mercersburg, PA

Metal Gate

This colonial home is in the processes of being beautifully restored to its stately elegance in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.  No colonial home is complete with out wrought iron touches.  Antietam Iron Works in keeping with this goal created these wrought iron gates in the traditional hairpin design.  The gates grace and protect the front entry walk and courtyard.  The result is pleasing and eye catching.

Wrought Iron Entry Gate

Metal Gate

Gate latch

 

Spring latches allow for easy entry through areas where a home owner may pass encumbered by groceries or belonging, but is secure enough to not remain closed when desired.

 

Metal Gate

Custom Metal Gate

 

Antietam Iron Works creates custom wrought iron gates to our clients needs.  Each one is hand crafted in Pennsylvania.  Explore our Gallery to discover more of our work.

Senator Eichelberger’s Oak Branch Railing- Rustic Basement Lounge

Senator Eichelberger’s Oak Branch Railing- Rustic Basement Lounge

A few years ago we had the pleasure of working with Senator Eichelberger.  He remodeled his basement to be a comfortable rustic lounge for his friends, family, and guests doing most of the work himself.  This year James had the honor of joining him for a Christmas party and was able to photograph the railing now that the remodeling has been completed.  Thank you Senator Eichelberger for supporting our local business and art in Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 

Classic Railing Design- Curved Exterior Stair Railings

Classic Railing Design- Curved Exterior Stair Railings

The design for these wrought iron railings is versatile in that it has elegance and simplicity.  It was selected for the exterior stairs along a newly remodeled wing of a church.

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The walkway slopes as it curves and the railings required special care to create these lines.  Antietam Iron Work’s expertise is creating custom iron work.

Custom Branch Fireplace Screen- Hagerstown, Maryland

Custom Branch Fireplace Screen- Hagerstown, Maryland

Fireplace screens and doors add to the beauty and safety of a hearth.  This home owner’s goal was to maintain an open feeling through this gas fireplace.  A design was chosen with a natural branch appearance.

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Then each element of this wrought iron screen was hammered and a darkening custom oil-rubbed finish was incorporated to give it its light catching aspect.

Custom Wrought Iron

 

Forged Iron Fireplace Door Detail

 

 

  Antietam Iron Works fire place doors are often filled with heat tolerant glass or metal screen.  The Custom Fire place Door project to the left was created with glass.  Additionally, below you’ll find fire place doors that were custom made to incorporated metal screen.  

 

Our Home Decor Gallery has additional photos of these projects

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Copper Post Caps, Rebar Coat Racks and Wood Slab Counter Brackets- A Unique Rustic Home with Handmade Touches

Copper Post Caps, Rebar Coat Racks and Wood Slab Counter Brackets- A Unique Rustic Home with Handmade Touches

This is a rustic home with details that gives it warmth and style.  Creatively built by RH Bunch Construction, Antietam Iron Works was asked to create these custom post and newel caps using copper that was aged with a darkening patina.  Coat racks and counter brackets to support a wood slab were also fabricated to match the style of this home.