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... read more

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

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.   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.     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... read more

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. tree-railing http://antietamironworks.com/wp-content/uploads/Tree-Railing--800x828.jpg tree-branch-rustic-railing http://antietamironworks.com/wp-content/uploads/Tree-Branch-Rustic-Railing-800x1312.jpg interior-oak-tree-railing http://antietamironworks.com/wp-content/uploads/Interior-Oak-Tree-Railing-800x653.jpg Previous Image Next Image info heading info content      ... read more

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. 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... read more

Custom Interior Railings for a Loft- Modern Branch Design

These railings provide safety and beauty for a second floor open hallway that overlooks from both sides the foyer and dining rooms of this home.  Creating a wonderful open and connected space and allowing light to travel throughout the home.  The home owner wanted a railing that would be artistic and yet have a natural feeling for his home in the Pennsylvania mountains.  He trusted James Gunnell’s artistic eye and gave him the freedom to build these railings to create the impression of tree branches.               Discover more of our recent... read more

Metal Railings for a Rustic Mountain Home

Antietam Iron Works custom forged metal railings for this mountain cabin. A strong look was required rather than scrolling elegance. We used heavier materials and forged a mid line ball into alternating pickets. The project was powder coated oil rubbed bronze to protect it from the elements. The railing created a great contrasting look between these wooden porch posts.                                                                                                                                                                        ... read more

Wrought Iron Step Railing for Business in Historic District of Shepherdstown, WV

We were contacted by the property owner of Bistro 112,  a wonderful Parisian restaurant in the historic district of Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  The entrance to the restaurant had charming stone steps, but due to how steep they were, there was concern about the safety of the patrons.  They were looking to have a simple, stylish step railing created to give support as people entered and exited the building. There were a number of challenges on this project.  The steep grade of the steps, the restaurant doors could swing both in and out, and the existing shutters all needed to be accounted for.  Antietam Iron Works with the towns committee approval installed this hand forged scrolling step railing.  In doing so we took great care to use a no impact water drill to not damage this historic stone step.   Explore our Gallery to see more railings by Antietam Iron Works            ... read more