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December '14

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • December 2014 • 77 Being only three years away from the century mark, they have experienced and produced almost every kind of orna- mental product imaginable from gates to railings and from arches to signs. They understand the balance and relationship that decorative fabrication has with over- all brand and image. The business started out as a black- smith shop before entering into produc- ing structural steel and bridges. Along the way, Hamilton Iron Works began to diversify into making custom fencing, and from there got its fingers into much more. "Eventually we were being asked to design and produce railings and fancy gates for homes and other businesses," says Daub as he shared about his com- pany's history. "We continue to fabricate custom products for remodels and new home construction by providing a blend of the architectural styles required by the owners or architects." Other products made by Hamilton include custom stairs, balconies and sig- nage. Last year we partnered with Phil and his team to produce a custom sign for Holy Cross College where we designed ornamental components around the core of the sign that was basically a large stan- dard post and panel style of sign cabinet. The result was a unique looking sign that has a blended look of the modern with the historical. I asked Daub for his definition of ornamental or what makes something ornamental. "My definition of ornamental would be an aspect of something custom made to enhance the architectural style of a building or landscape to give it a unique look for that lasting impression. Ornamental products can be made from about anything including steel, alumi- num, stainless, brass, glass, marble and many other mediums. The goal for us is to use old or traditional fabrication tech- niques blended with newer techniques and modern equipment in order to pro- duce a truly ornamental look."

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