Helping fellow metal fabricators is what NOMMA (National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association) is all about. As a supplier member, Mac Metals benefits from many different educational and networking opportunities, as well as the more obvious ability to market to members nationwide. (more…)
The National Archives Building, designed and built in the early 20th Century by John Russell Pope, has held important records since the original construction. Completed in 1935, the National Archives holds the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, and an original version of the Magna Carta. However, when the National Archives saw need for renovation, architects and fabricators vied for the prestigious project. (more…)
What built America? Trust, Perseverance, and Freedom come to mind. But what built the architecture that represents these things? This is why we would like to share with you this week a defining work covering the architectural history of America—Metals in America’s Historic Buildings: Uses and Preservation Treatments.
Extruded bronze is still used for doors and windows, frames, railings, elevators, lamps and hardware. Today, commercial “bronze” and architectural “bronze” contain zinc rather than tin: these materials are actually brasses but are marketed as bronze because is generally considered a more prestigious metal. One example of this is the “bronze” clad Seagram Building in New York City by Mies Van der Rohe.
Though Robert Commons took pride in his work, the Idaho carpenter never felt completely satisfied with the finished product. It wasn’t that he felt his product lacked polish; three decades of experience working on high-end homes in Sun Valley suggested he was a pro. But he began to realize his beautiful woodwork was being capped with metal hardware that lacked the right style or presence to compliment his construction. As his son, Josh -- current plant manager at the family firm, Sun Valley Bronze – tells it, his father decided to solve the problem and dive right in.
Brass, once thrown aside by designers, is making a comeback. Gone are the days of silver, chrome, and mirror steel clogging up architectural magazines and opening up a cliché world of design. In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal titled “The Brass Revival in Home Décor,” author David Keeps looks into the trend promoted in home design that has brought brass back into the limelight. (more…)
On Saturday, October 19, at 10:00AM Mac Metals Inc. and the Northeast Chapter of NOMMA (National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association) will be hold a Mill Open House jointly with a NOMMA meeting. Please join us for a mill tour, cap rail joining demonstration and an opportunity to learn about the benefits of NOMMA membership. (more…)
Many of our customers specify Architectural Bronze (C38500) for an extruded brass profiles and then proceed to machine, polish and bend and get excellent results. This is no surprise because architectural bronze extrusions are highly machinable, take an excellent finish and perform well in both hot and cold working environments.
Whether the end use is a custom cap rail, a unique piece of furniture or an entire window system, failing to obtain your customer, or end users authorization signature on the final prints, or drawings, is a critical mistake.
As a supplier of architectural metals (brass, bronze and nickel silver extrusions), our team at Mac Metals comes across many customers and supporting casts that would benefit from becoming members of NOMMA (National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association). Take a look below at some of the advantages of belonging to this organization which serves the architectural and ornamental metalworking industry.