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Excerpt from
Issue #186 July 2006

When you do architectural ironwork, you get calls to do interesting projects that you may never have considered. This one was for an individual who owned race horses and wanted six wrought iron doors for stalls in a small barn behind his residence. Any kind of enclosure for horses requires careful consideration. Due to their large size, they can unintentionally—or intentionally—break anything. They can also learn how to open a variety of latches if they can get to them. In this case, the traditional all-wood bottom of the door would be iron, and it had to be tight enough to prevent a young horse from getting his hoof caught between the bars. The solution was a woven horizontal that ended up enhancing the design. These doors have a variety of applications other than this one, and the woven bar feature is a simple way to add an interesting element to many other designs.

This feature shows a method for joining elements to make a woven panel. A lap joint is made in each part and hidden behind a riveted joint where the parts meet.