Ornamental Iron is what we Do!
Absolutely Iron designs and builds ornamental iron. We make fences, gates, interior handrail, balconies, exterior handrail, spiral stairs, home decor items and more. Absolutely Iron has been serving the Greater Atlanta Area since 1985. We have provided custom ornamental iron for some of Atlanta’s finest homes.
About our Founder
“Iron John”, aka John Harter, first built ornamental iron under the name of Specialized Welding. He then became Absolutely Iron. John is a graduate of the school of Welding at Lincoln Electric. Prior to establishing his business he worked for 15 years in the construction industry. He worked with the Iron Workers Union and the Electricians Union.
John was fortunate to have J.C. Hayes of Dixie Ornamental Iron in Atlanta as an early mentor in his business. John and J.C. worked on a stair project that won the coveted Top Job Award from NOMMA in 1990.
About our relationship with you
By browsing our Portfolio you will learn that John takes great pride in his work. Please complete the request form if you would like to make an appointment to discuss your project with him. Due to insurance considerations we do not allow visitors to our production site. All of our works are commissioned and we would be happy to schedule an appointment with you to discuss your ornamental iron project. Kindly fill out the request form and we will contact you.
About “wrought iron”
Wrought iron is an iron alloy with a very low carbon (less than 0.08%) content in contrast to cast iron (2.1% to 4%). It has fibrous inclusions known as slag up to 2% by weight. It is a semi-fused mass of iron with slag inclusions which gives it a “grain” resembling wood, that is visible when it is etched or bent to the point of failure. Wrought iron is tough, malleable, ductile, corrosion-resistant and easily welded. Before the development of effective methods of steelmaking and the availability of large quantities of steel, wrought iron was the most common form of malleable iron.
A modest amount of wrought iron was used as a raw material for refining into steel, which was used mainly to produce swords, cutlery, chisels, axes and other edged tools as well as springs and files. The demand for wrought iron reached its peak in the 1860s with the adaptation of ironclad warships and railways. However, as properties such as brittleness of mild steel improved, it became less costly and more widely available than wrought iron, whose usage then declined.
Many items, before they came to be made of mild steel, were produced from wrought iron, including rivets, nails, wire, chains, rails, railway couplings, water and steam pipes, nuts, bolts, horseshoes, handrails, wagon tires, straps for timber roof trusses, and ornamental ironwork, among many other things.
Wrought iron is no longer produced on a commercial scale. Many products described as wrought iron, such as guard rails, garden furniture and gates, are actually made of mild steel. They retain that description because they are made to resemble objects which in the past were wrought (worked) by hand by a blacksmith.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)