And I’m not even a beer baron

Many of the Milwaukee beer barons’ houses had grand ironworked gates, which I learned about when studying the work of master blacksmith Cyril Colnik. Being a welder isn’t exactly the same as being a blacksmith, but I was so entranced by the twisted linear beauty of ironwork, I wanted to try my hand at it. First were our mail boxes.


Next up is new ironwork-style house numbers for our front door. The current numbers are small and, being white on the light-beige door, hard to read. I have a spot all picked out, at the bottom of our screen door.


While we were staying at Hotel Stebbins, our favorite rest stop in Algoma, I spotted a pattern I’d like to use on the sides of the numbers.


I’ve been thinking about doing this for years, and now I’m finally starting it!