Former Estate of Harvey Firestone, Jr.

Driveway Gates

This was one of two identical gates, restored in conjunction with Finelli Architectural Iron and Stairs of Solon, OH. These gates were made by master blacksmith Edgar Brandt of France. My involvement was to reproduce 510 elements that included rosettes, acanthus leaves, and husks, all through the process of French repoussé. Most of the original elements were stamped, however the only way to accurately reproduce them was to make them by hand using tiny metal stakes and hammers. Many of the pieces were very intricate, requiring many hours to make a single element. For instance, there are 64 five-inch square rosettes, and it took roughly five hours to complete just one piece.

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