||The January issue is devoted to the construction of a gate from start
to finish. This gate design was first introduced in the February 1991 issue
of the Journal as a feature on presentation drawings. Both the presentation
drawing feature and another one on layout drawings in the April 1991 issue
can be applied as a first step for this project. The current information
includes forging, machining, fabrication and installation of the gate.
The overall design is based on a system whereby the gate is installed on
a site where no previous structure exists. This system makes it possible
to "pre-hang" the gates so that they are perfectly aligned, and
insures that they will stay aligned for years to come. This is achieved
by hanging the gates on steel armatures embedded in a common foundation
before the masonry columns are built.
|A clever tong rein holder is one of
the blacksmiths' accessories
featured. It goes on from the side
and slides down the reins to tighten them.
||The rail part of of the "Post and Rail" features a repousse finial that uses the
forged end of the horizontal as part
of its surface.