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man of steel

February 3, 2012


Call him Atlanta’s Iron Man. Andrew T. Crawford probably won’t object.

The 41-year-old artist isn’t a comic-book or big-screen hero. But Crawford, who grew up in Atlanta and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, has had notable roles as a creator of functional objects, ornamental ironwork and striking sculpture for public spaces.

For homeowners, Crawford has made custom gates, railings, furniture, lighting and garden sculpture in his Westside Atlanta studio.

He also has received some unusual requests. Recently, Crawford was commissioned to create a Librorum Prohibitorum (a locking grate for a bookcase for “prohibited books”) for a private library in Alabama.

His public art includes the “LIFT” at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the gates at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and “Split” (one of his favorite pieces) at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens.

But now Crawford is offering a new line of gift and home accessories, including a steel belt buckle ($125) and fire poker ($175).

Also new:  a six-inch-long bottle opener (pictured above). The hand-forged steel opener ($75) features a hammered texture and a custom-cut initial. The personal touch makes it a perfect groomsmen’s or housewarming gift.

Check www.americanforgesouth.com or place an order by calling 404-351-8324.

To see Crawford’s other work, visit www.ironisking.com

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