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Building a 17th. Century Door knocker

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Any smith worth his salt needs to see the collection of ironwork in Rouen, France. The ironwork here at Musee Secq des Tournelles is held in an abandoned church and holds the finest collection of ironwork in the world.  After seeing the collection years ago, I was inspired to make this door knocker.  The backing plate and outer ring is lathe turned to look like wood moulding.  the face is made from 18 gauge sheet metal, using repousse.  I chose a popular image, the green man.  He has acanthus leaves and an acorn stuck in his beard.  The inner ring is forged and lathe turned.  Alfred Habermann made a door knocker for his journeyman status, so this is mine.

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20150218_174240.thumb.jpg.5b10e4a18f7373Leaves are drawn and hammered in.

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Now for the ring.  I wanted a clean sphere on the end, so the initial work is on the lathe, turning the ball.  I built a sphere cutting tool earlier and used it for this purpose.  the arms are forged square, then octagonal.  I ended up reducing the thickness of this later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fantastic looking door knocker lots of great work like to see it when its installed.

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I went to the museum about 15 years back, the complexity of the medieval window grills was amazing.

Do you have a copy of 

Decorative Antique Ironwork a pictorial treasury by Henry Rene D'Allemagne?

He was the chap who set up the collection and the book is a 400 odd page catalogue of the collection covering medieval ironwork and onwards  it is published by Dover publishing ISBN 0-486-22082-6

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Thanks, yes I have the book.  The photos aren't great but it's a treasure trove of goodies.  Far more items in the book than the museum, but it doesn't show some of the bigger projects there.  I have a ton of photos from the collection, I should post it online somewhere.

 

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I still need to build a light box, but the green man is finally finished. Inspiration came from french ironwork of the 17th century. Iron and walnut. 100+ hours of work.

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is it my  imagination or does this look like the Door Knocker from the Christmas Carol Movie with George C. Scott on Scrooges Door?

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2 hours ago, notownkid said:

is it my  imagination or does this look like the Door Knocker from the Christmas Carol Movie with George C. Scott on Scrooges Door?

Very Similar .     This is out standing work.

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