A Visit to Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley

On a recent vacation, I had the opportunity to spend time in Death Valley.  While there, we took the opportunity to visit Scotty’s Castle in the Northern Area of Death Valley not far from Ubehebe Crater.  If you have never been to Death Valley National Park, take the time to go but not during the summer!!  There is a reason it is called Death Valley, it can be amazingly hot with temperatures in the 120’s during the summer months.

Custom Detailed DoorCustom Metal CandelabraMetal Dragon StandCustom Iron Works

While visiting this scenic National Park, take some time out from exploring the badlands, narrows, canyons and abandoned mines to tour the grounds of Scotty’s Castle.  Scotty’s Castle was built by Albert Johnson back in 1920’s and 30’s.  Be sure and make reservations for your tour and save some extra time to explore the grounds.  When viewing the castle, consider seeing it with the eyes of someone who loves and appreciates the beauty and craftsmanship of iron art.  I was delightedly surprised to find “iron candy” at every turn.

 Iron ChandelierWood and Iron GateIron Decorative Lamp PlateMetal Outdoor Lamp

The tour guide informed us that all metal works were crafted by an artisan blacksmith that was located on the property at the time of the build.  The metal would have been shipped in and then hand forged for each custom piece.  You can tell by the detail and beauty of each piece that the master craftsman for this job was quite talented!!  There are literally hundreds of amazing pieces to look at and I had to wonder who this person was and how much time they would have spent on each piece.  It did take over 9 years to build Scotty’s Castle, so I am sure the blacksmith was quite busy during that time.

Decorative IronDragon AndironsCustom Iron Curtain Rod and Finials

Custom made Radiator Cover

Decorative iron plates, custom detailed chandeliers, dragon andirons, satyr andirons, outdoor lighting,  metal intertwined with wood for an ornate gate, a twisted metal curtain rod with finials and holders, candelabras, ornate radiator covers, a dragonvase base and more.  Everywhere you look you see the embellished work of an artisan blacksmith!!

Custom Andirons

 It was amazing.  If there was ever an opportunity to do some restoration work on any of these custom iron pieces, Noble Forge would jump at the chance to work on such spectacular pieces or even better yet, we would relish the opportunity to produce pieces of quality similar to those seen at Scotty’s Castle.  We have done similar pieces before and are always looking for an exciting challenge to put the art of blacksmithing to the test.  Whether or not you are in the market for pieces like the ones you will see at Scotty’s Castle we hope you can appreciate the fine work and detail that went into making such beautiful iron pieces.  Blacksmithing at it’s finest.  Something Noble Forge and our customers truly appreciate.

Gate Solutions and Repair

gate repair solutions Recently Noble Forge had an opportunity to do some gate repair at a home in Echo Park.  The client was having a problem with people reaching through their current gate, opening the gate and as a result some damage was done.  They asked Noble Forge to help.  Yes, we do custom iron works and hand forge metal but we do more than that, we know metal and we can help you with all your metal work projects.  This includes gate and door repairs, restoration as well as custom designing a piece for you.

Gate Repair, Gate SecurityIn this case, we performed some repair work to the current gate of the client then attached some expanded metal screen to the gate, welding it in place.  The result was an updated, functional gate that allowed for the visibility the client wanted while increasing the security of the gate and fence work.  We at Noble Forge can help you with your problem areas.  We can provide solutions to your metal work issues that are functional, attractive, and performed in a timely manner at a reasonable cost.

Can you make this?

Often times we have clients approach us with a simple question “Can you make this?”

Which is typically followed by a rough sketch or drawing of an object that they would like created.  The answer is “Yes.”

Then the question is followed by another questions…”What if…”  “What if I want to have bronze work in this area here”,

Drawing of Fireplace Doors

“Can you put a scroll in the middle with a basket weave pattern around it”, “Could we have claw feet and a dragon head coming out the flower pot?”

Yes, Yes, and Yes.  If you can dream it, we can build it.  It’s undoubtedly a matter of what the client wants and the budget for the item.

We want to build for you your vision.  Maybe you don’t really know exactly what you want.  We can help you there too.  We can develop plans to complement your design and architecture.  Of course, your input is always taken into consideration.

Let me give you an example…We had a client come to us with a drawing.  “Can you make this? ”

“Yes, we can make these intricate fireplace doors.  But what would you like to do about handles?”  We suggested a scroll leaf design in copper

Custom Fireplace Doors In Progress

to accent the piece with complementary accents to draw all the details together.

The next step

  is to build it.  In progress, the fireplace doors look like this…

After completion of each piece the custom fireplace doors are assembled in the shop.  These particular fireplace doors were made from steel, measuring 8 ft by 5 ft, using copper and hand rubbed oil, with gold leaf ornaments.

Once complete, the custom fireplace doors were installed in a private home in Hidden Hills, California.

Custom Fireplace Doors

Beautiful and functional artwork, the fireplace doors add an additional dimension to an elegant fireplace that can stand the test of time, hand forged by an artist blacksmith, Phillip Bowling of Noble Forge.

Back to the original question, “Can you make this?”.  The answer is, “YES”.

An Artist for All Seasons

Phillip Bowling creates artistic masterpieces using the ancient skill of blacksmithing.  His hand-forged metal artwork graces homes as purely artistic creations as well as  highly functional pieces such as fireplace screens, gates and chandeliers.

All of Phillip’s works are one of a kind and there is no mass production, guaranteeing you an individual, unique work of art for your home or office.