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See you in Atlantic City, NJ!

We will be in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Feb 11 & 12th at the New Jersey American Society of Landscape Architect Conference. Landscape architects from Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia will be gathered for continuing education sessions and also to see the latest in products with our new booth layout. We…

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Are the Amish Adapting to Climate Change?

For over 15 years, Susie wanted a custom created sleigh. She had fond memories of taking the children to school on snowy days as a young girl. We designed one in secret, looking off of other sleighs out there. With our location at the intersection of 2 State routes, snow roads suitable for a sleigh…

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Retirement Community Security Fence and Gates

  A Masonic Village retirement community in New Jersey was installing a new garden and courtyard area. They wanted a security fence and a garden fence for the separate areas. The desire was for the fence to be built with solid aluminum pickets for durability and longevity. For cost effectiveness and maximum strength, the pickets…

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Compass Ironworks Christmas Banquet

After having a great 2018, building phenomenal Iron gates, pool fence and terrace railing, the entire Compass Ironworks team and family came together to celebrate the Christmas season. We had a local family cook as a great homemade meal. The Christmas presents to all the team members was the addictive corn hole game! What was…

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Compass Show Room Spiral Stair

Our gallery area needed a spiral staircase to be able to access the double entry doors. Clients come from New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Maryland, Virginia and of course Pennsylvania to browse railing design samples and railing design images for inspiration for their own exceptional project. The space was somewhat restricted and the spiral stair…

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Custom Door Grills and Gate

  The client was building a beautiful shore home and wrought Iron decor was desired to accentuate the architecture. But due to the harsh elements at the shore, we had to design everything in marine grade and aircraft grade aluminum. Powder-coated correctly, the wrought iron gate design was indistinguishable from Iron. This portion of the…

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Dual Feed Overhead Boom Welder Unit For NEF at MetalFab 2019

A special item will be auctioned at the NEF (NOMMA Education Foundation) event at Metalfab in Indianapolis in March. A specially-engineered, articulating dual feed overhead boom welder unit, complete with Miller power source and feeders will be offered. Compass Ironworks, a multiple award-winning company, also awarded the 2016 Mitch Heitler Excellence in craftsmanship award designed…

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Apartment Building Railing with Loafer Top

A Pre-War upscale apartment building had extensive garden areas and wanted an authentic looking wrought fence. The design was inspired by Ironwork at the Empire State Building and the peace symbol. After going through extensive design, they determined all posts to be solid material. The finish spec’d was CIW 2135-I which was for all the…

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Compass Ironwork Video Series

Video Of Banding Tool For Centuries, these banding collars were a part of railing design for wrought Iron railings. After some brain-storming, looking at other tools, we developed a top of the line, best ever, banding collar tool. Instead of spending minutes clamping the collar into place, then hammering it over, we designed our own…

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Glass Railing by the Sea

A client had a beautiful shore home and had done beautiful forged aluminum deck railings. They had a gorgeous pool area between the house and sea wall. They wanted to preserve the panoramic views but have the safety of a railing on the sea wall. So glass was the material of choice, but again safety…

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