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    Bryn Athyn Cathedral metal work( pict heavy)

    Ok I promised I'd get some picts of the metal work in the cathedral. Here they are. The metal work here spans a fairly long time period and you can see the development of the unique style that developed here in Bryn Athyn as they built the cathedral culminating in the work previously shown in Glencairn in my last thread.

    If you are ever in the Philly area and you love metal work, you owe it to yourself to come look at some of this. A good portion of what I'm posting isn't open to the public, but there is still metal work to see almost everywhere you look here.


    I tried to narrow down the picts, but I still have over 100 showing just part of the detailed forged metal work in the cathedral. I'll try to keep it to 5 to 10 picts on each major area. Again all of this is hand forged. None of it is cast, the vast majority is all Monel, but there are some brass or bronze accents and some exterior door surfaces that are treated in bronze.


    I think I'll start off with some overall picts of the cathedral....

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    Re: Bryn Athyn Cathedral ( pict heavy)

    Lets start off with doors and door hardware. There are roughly 140 doors in the cathedral. All have a unique hinge/ hardware set up right down to the hand forged nuts and bolts used on the door.


    Sorry if the pict quality on all these picts isn't the greatest, They don't allow flash picts, so all these were shot hand held at ISO 1600 with my little camera since the Nikon won't let me choose the ISO to shoot at.


    First on the door list will be hinges.... Lets look at the details where they meet the stone work to start out.

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    Re: Bryn Athyn Cathedral ( pict heavy)

    Next the other end of the hinge straps.

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    Re: Bryn Athyn Cathedral ( pict heavy)

    Maybe you haven't noticed it yet, but each door has it's own unique hand forged nuts and bolts to attach those hinges.

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    Doors need locks, and locks need keys... All the lock work is again all hand forged on site, including the keys. Each key is unique and forged from monel.

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    Re: Bryn Athyn Cathedral ( pict heavy)

    Door handles... Handles with levers.


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    Re: Bryn Athyn Cathedral ( pict heavy)

    Doors with knobs...

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    Doors with rings and animals for handles....


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    The door at the end of the nave is unbelievable. I could spend days looking at the detail work on this door alone. Again all of this is forged, even the letters at the top. None of it is cast.

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    Re: Bryn Athyn Cathedral ( pict heavy)

    This door deserves two posts for picts...

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    Re: Bryn Athyn Cathedral ( pict heavy)

    and one more on that door...

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    And some misc grill work here and there...

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    Inside there is another impressive set of grill work in I guess what might be referred to as the "chapel" possibly. The 4 panels are roughly 4' wide and 12' high and every detail is unique throughout the whole thing. Again you could spend hours looking at all the detail hera and how it's all put together....

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    Re: Bryn Athyn Cathedral ( pict heavy)

    Again this one deserves two posts for picts... Each finial at the top is also different than all the others. Shame they are so high up you can't see them all that well. Detail of some of the pass thru joints and collars that are used to build this.

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    Also in the same area a pair of impressive monel candelabras...

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    Re: Bryn Athyn Cathedral ( pict heavy)

    Ok now how about some stair rails... 1st on the list is one in the outer court. Like everything else it's all monel antiqued to look like aged bronze. In this case however the antiquing has started to wear off from exposure to the elements and you start to see more of the bare monel than you do elsewhere. It does allow you to more easily see some of the OA welds that they did to do repairs and so on to the work when they made it.


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    Next stair is probably one of the latter peices of the metal work here at the cathedral and shows as far as design style goes. Shame it's not readily accessible to the public. Again all of this is sheet or bar stock and forged, not cast. Note how the work turns in two directions at the corner to match the stair. I wish these picts showed the curve better than they do. It's not a straight 90 deg angle like it looks in the picts.

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    No detail is too small for them. A few of the Monel lights, and they even made the switch plates and switch plate screws!

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    Not too many more to go...

    The attention to detail continues to the hand forged monel window frames and window catches, plus the hold open hardware... Again each window handle is unique. These two rooms must have had 10 to 15 window handles each...

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    Re: Bryn Athyn Cathedral ( pict heavy)

    Last of the stair railings I got picts of.

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    Re: Bryn Athyn Cathedral ( pict heavy)

    A few of the grate like doors that are here and there.

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    Some of the stone work detail. Like the metal work no to items are a like.

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    They even made the hooks to hold open the outside doors from monel...

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    Re: Bryn Athyn Cathedral ( pict heavy)

    Winding down now...


    This one shows part of a monel framed glass door. Look at how they fitted the doors to the stone work. Note how they split the nuts that hold the panels together where they meet at the door to the fixed side lights. I wish the over all pict had turned out so you'd get a better over all feel for this one. Last pict shows the nut/bolt assembly from the side of the door with the door open.


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    Re: Bryn Athyn Cathedral ( pict heavy)

    Ok, I think that covers it for today. Tomorrow we are supposed to get a chance to go up into the spire. I'll have some picts for the 3 story spiral stair after that if I make it for the remainder of the tour the current forge class is taking.
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    That is some gorgeous work there.

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    Re: Bryn Athyn Cathedral ( pict heavy)

    The vast majority of the stuff there is "original". However the instructor for the forging class has made a few "modern" pieces that have been installed there that match the style originally used. This past year they took large open "foyer" in front of some bathrooms and converted the space to a new handicapped bathroom. Talking to the gentleman who is in charge of facilities and so on for the cathedral and the historic district, he says you don't even want to guess at what it cost for the hand cut masonry, hand forged hardware and oak wood work that went into the new bathroom.

    They did a terrific job. If you didn't know that the bathroom was new, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between it and the other work there.
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