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Octogonal Wrought Iron Gazebos
I am a retired machinist and general fore-man of the National Park Service's metal crafts shop in Washington, D.C., and I build and sell these octagonal wrought iron gazebos. They're made by cold-forming the scrolls using a bender and jigs and then welding them together into assemblies. The assemblies are then bolted together. I helped design and then built the iron gazebo used for Tricia Nixon's White House wedding in 1971 and other examples of my metal work can be seen around the White House. The overall height of the gazebo is 12 ft., 6 in. and it's 10 ft. wide at the roof. The side columns are 7 ft., 1 /2 in. tall. There are a total of 672 scrolls in the gazebo. All scrolls are 3/16-in. thick with rounded ends. (William W. Cranford, Rt. 2, Box 35, Indian Head, Maryland 20640 ph 301 743-7718)

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #1