Architectural Metal Worker









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What is a Architectural Metalworker?

An Architectural Metal Worker is a specialised Blacksmith who works directly with architects and/or shopfitters. 

They specialise in manufacturing all types of metalwork for homes, buildings and retail stores.  Some of the things they might make are:

  • balcony and banister railings
  • specialised window and door frames
  • door knobs and handles
  • specialised shelving
  • counters and any other metal finishes
  • fixtures and decorations the architect/shopfitter requires for the project

Other items they could make, include large, intricate hinges for eg bank doors, metal patterns for fire-place decorations, chandeliers, restaurant or pub fixtures or fancy crosses for churches and towers. 

They might even be commissioned to make a metal sculpture or a fancy, metal sign. 

An Architectural Metal Worker needs to have a thorough knowledge of the different types of metal and be able to advise where necessary.  The workshop is called a forge. 

What does an Architectural Metalworker do?

  • liaises with architects/shopfitters
  • drawsup templates
  • traces designs onto metal
  • cuts, bends, shapes and forges the metal for desired effect
  • solders and welds
  • generates new ideas and shares them with architects
  • keeps up to date with architectural trends?
  • keeps up to date with technology and skills?
  • takes pride in their work
  • meets deadlines

Are you . . . ?

  • creative?
  • inventive?
  • a person who loves working in metal?
  • safety conscious?  You will be required to work with hot molten metal and dangerous gasses?
  • good with your hands
  • mathematically inclined?
  • neat and accurate?
  • physical fit and healthy?
  • able to work on your own?
  • practical?
  • to think in 3-D?
  • able to manage your time and meet deadlines?

How do I become an Architectural Metalworker?

There are various options to consider when becoming an Architectural Metal Worker.

You could start off doing a ‘welding’ course or you could perhaps get an apprenticeship with someone already practicing as an Architectural Metal Worker and assist in their forge. 

Or, once you have enough training and experience, you could open your own forge.

  • THE BLACKSMITH FORGE:  (Observatory)

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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Welder … or … Blacksmith

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