When Dirk Brown, owner of Blue Mountain Metalworks, made the jump from wrought iron furniture design and fabrication to ornamental metalwork (i.e. railings, gates, driveway gates), he did so under the tutelage of Ed Powell, a national leader in the ornamental metal field. Through Ed, Dirk was introduced to the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA), the trade organization for the ornamental metal industry. The organization was founded in 1958 and currently has approximately 600 members across the United States and internationally. NOMMA is an invaluable resource to businesses working in the custom ornamental metalwork trade, providing education, technical assistance, networking opportunities, and referrals. Perhaps most importantly, interacting with some of the most skilled blacksmith/ fabricator artisans in the world is a constant source of energy and inspiration. Take a look at the photo gallery of the 2012 winners of the NOMMA “Top Job” competition, and you will see some amazing metalwork!
And here is a picture of Dirk’s very own Top Job gold medal winning gate (from the 2005 competition)!
Look for NOMMA membership when you are looking for high quality, expertise, and experience in ornamental metalwork.