4 Day Railing Workshop
For the upcoming conference John has planned a workshop which will teach a very simple low tech, but highly accurate, method of measuring most stairways and the layout of railings to fit them.
Participants will be building railing sections using traditional techniques such as upset corners, punching, drifting, riveting, collaring, and forging scrolls from the Level II grill project. This workshop will be targeting Level II smiths. Participation sign up will be on a first come first serve basis. John will engage the audience while directing with volunteer smiths.
The railing will be installed at the handicap ramp of the Pioneer historic building at the Fairpark. The workshop will include details on measuring the job site, designing the railing, forging and assembling the components, and finally installation on Sunday morning. The rings in the railing design are based on the ring projects first initiated by Francis Whitaker.
Individuals or Affiliates have an opportunity to forge a 7” OD ring from 1/4 x 1 the easy way, and inset a motif of their choice, then bring it to the workshop to be part of the final project! (Consider your theme to represent your local affiliate and perhaps the conference year with your touch-mark on the ring.) Elements in the Ring may extend beyond its 1 inch thickness except at the top where it will be attached to the railing. 18 rings will be chosen and the remainder will be included in the ABANA auction. Participation in the Ring project has no bearing on participation in the workshop. Non-attendees may send in a Ring as well.
We have prepared a CAD drawing which will show the scope and minor Ring requirements.
Click here to see the railing specs.
John Barron began his metal working odyssey in a large Shopmen Ironworkers Union fabrication shop in Oakland, California in the late 1970's. He was very fortunate to be mentored by two well seasoned "old timers" int he stair and ornamental shops. In 1989, he moved to the Sierra Nevada foothills and joined the California Blacksmiths Association, where he found that ornamental ironwork was so much more than forging scrolls. By 1991, John had his own blacksmith/fabrication business in Auburn, CA specializing in architectural ironwork and went on to build his own one man shop at his home in Georgetown, CA.
His work can be found in private homes, businesses, restaurants, schools, cemeteries and churches throughout the Sierras, from Truckee to San Francisco, including private and public art commissions.
The last few years has found John working on a variety of collaborative projects with some very talented smiths. "Working alone so long, I'd forgotten how rewarding it is to be part of a team and how satisfying it is for me to see it all come together as a finished product.