Quite a long time, I was working in the blacksmith workshop, which is located in a building workshops of Suzdal Art - Restoration School. In this workshop worked Vyacheslav Ivanovich Basov - the first person in the USSR, which began in the late 70's experiments with damask and wootz steel.
Building of art school was built in 1834 on donations of merchant Blokhin and it housed a poorhouse. Workshops building was built later, in the Soviet era.
Suzdal certainly not Siberia, but not Florida. After the first winter, it became clear that needs to replace the front door of the workshop. Just at that time began renovation of the school and the double doors of the warehouse where was stored products for poorhouse were replaced with new ones. Old doors were thrown out as garbage. The doors were in good condition, despite the fact that it has been over 170 years. Originally installed strap hinges and bolt are well preserved. It was decided to use one of the door wings, as well as the bolt and strap hinges. Unnecessary slots and holes on the doors were sealed. After that, the door was covered with several layers of lacquer. For strap hinges were made additional decorative elements and fasteners. New made elements are indicated by arrows (photo 6). About half of the old bolts and nuts after removal of corrosion products became possible to use again. Extras were made new bolts and nuts authentic old. Thread on the nuts and bolts made by forging. (photo15 ). As well was made the new door handle - knocker. (photo10 ). On the back side of the door installed handle of Damascus steel, made by students V.I. Basov. (photo 11 ).
The door was installed and left for better times. A year later, was made and installed dragon - protector on the door handle . There were also manufactured and installed additional decorative elements for strap hinges.