Wrought Iron

Follow-up on Economics and Metal Fabrication

Bill Harvey sent me this close-up after our sight-seeing trip to the Clifton Bridge.* Putting aside the beauty of the photo in itself, it has something to say about changes in metal (in this case wrought iron) technology over the years. That’s a connection between two parts of an iron tie in the vaults at …

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A Sense Of Place

That’s a picture of the train shed at the Bristol Temple Meads station. It’s a very old station, and it’s been altered several times. The shed roof here and the head house off to the left are, I believe, mostly from the 1870s renovation. I took this picture as I got off a train because …

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The Clifton Bridge, Part 1

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have Bill Harvey give me a tour of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, England. I had been to the bridge once before, in 1994, when I spent almost a week hunting down any structure I could find with a connection to I.K. Brunel. The …

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It’s Not Invisibility

Beautiful, isn’t it? What is it? It’s the joint between two sections of a fire-escape handrail in Brooklyn. Each section has a frame around its perimeter made up of small wrought-iron angles, which are bolted to the balcony framing below and to each other at these seams. So the angle on the left is part …

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Differentiating Through Failure

That’s the slightly-rusted bottom flange of an old I-beam, surrounded by more or less modern concrete that replaced the original brick vault floor. The end of the beam is a bit rusted – not severely, not necessarily enough to require repair – but enough to show that it’s wrought iron. One of the questions that …

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