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Steel door knocker, 1996.

Ward, Phil

Steel door knocker, 1996.
3 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 31cm


Although steel is very hard, delicate shapes can be made without large industrial machines. Intricate pieces like this door knocker are made by heating the steel in a coke-fuelled forge and shaped using purpose-made tools. This knocker took a very experienced blacksmith several weeks to make as it contains a variety of shapes including acorns and empty cups which each required a different mould. Designed and made by Paul Allen, Rural Development Commision.

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