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ELEGANCE & INTEGRITY IN IRON

For almost 25 years, Compass Ironworks has been custom bending and shaping iron for decorative metal gates, custom driveway gates, ornate security fencing, and architectural railings. Over the last few year, however, we have expanded into building monumental staircases, spiral and helical staircases, and providing automation to our Estate gates.

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Security

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Stairs

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Fences

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Upscale
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Gates

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LEADING THE INDUSTRY

Compass Ironworks' master craftsmen collaborate with architects, interior designers, landscape architects, and homeowners to hand build one-of-a-kind creations that provides beauty and security in residential and commercial spaces. Our work graces New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, DC, and beyond!

Today, wrought iron is enjoying a resurgence in popularity everywhere; especially in the residential market. Compass stands at the forefront of this movement, providing elegance, integrity and tradition, as well as thought leadership through professional education courses for design communities nationwide.

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OUR PROCESS

THE COMPASS PROCESS

We find "Communication is Key" when it comes to successfully creating your masterpiece. Therefore, we have created a map of how we approach each project that we have the privilege of taking on.

MATERIALS & FINISHES

MATERIALS

Compass Ironworks is a leader in the ornamental ironwork industry. We developed a process to create “wrought” material by taking today’s iron or A-36 steel and forging and hammering it with our 100 yr old power hammer. This process recreates the same visual texture on the surface and irregular and inconsistent edges of wrought iron. This material is also eco-friendly as it’s created from 97% recycled content.

FINISHES

We, like our some of our competitors, have been creating beautiful ironwork for our clients for many years. It is a standard that most in our industry recognize as valuable. However, what good is finely executed craftsmanship if it’s not made to last?

Compass takes finishes seriously — whether it’s a mirror finish on a stainless handrail, antique tarnish on a bronze handrail, a traditional blackening with a renaissance wax finish on a wrought iron railing, or a powder-coated railing at the shore; we are dedicated to doing it right! Our work is given the best possible finish to withstand the elements and provide the best value for our client. The last thing we want is for clients to perform continual upkeep to fight back the corrosion which is destroying their beautiful ironwork.

EDUCATION

While the ironworks industry has done little to provide professional education on proper specifications, Compass Ironworks has worked to fill this void. We have been providing, AIA, LACES and ICDEC accredited sessions to architects, landscape, architects, designers, and interior designers for many years. These sessions provide insight, expert techniques, and know-how for designers to best serve their clients.

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ECO-CONSCIOUSNESS

Green ironwork? Yes, indeed. All the solid bar material we use in our projects is on average 97.7% recycled content. Some of our contemporary alloys have 100% recycled content. By using recycled and repurposed material, we can reduce our carbon footprint and turn that old clunker in the garage or the noisy refrigerator from someone’s basement into a beautifully handcrafted work of wrought iron sculpture or art.

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AWARDS

Compass has won numerous Top Job Awards from the NOMMA (National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association) — a contest that invites national and international participants to enter their best projects and compete for Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards in various categories. The competition is judged by peers in the ironworks community and is a true reflection of craftsmen judging craftsmanship.

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BULLISTIC BARRIERS LLC

After numerous requests for a bullet-resistant fencing, Compass Ironworks started research on various materials, testing hundreds of rounds of ammunition. In 2019, patent information was processed. This phenomenal new product is now available through a seperate company, Bullistic Barriers LLC.

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