OKC’s Old World Iron Creates Art with Ornamental, Functional Metals
Metal is enduring.
In all its shapes, looks, styles, trends or uses, metal adds a permanence. When crafted by master metalworkers, metal also becomes art, and Old World Iron in Oklahoma City makes something hard and unyielding into things of beauty.
“Metal is no different from any other medium,” says Tom Miller, owner of Old World Iron.
“Artists work with metal to come up with designs and looks. What sets us apart is our diverse capabilities. From industrial to modern, we have the ability to create designs, no matter if its furniture, railing or decorative elements. We can do what others aren’t willing to do. Plus, we are the only ironworks company that owns a furniture store.”
The Todd Miller empire, which includes Architectural Metal Designs, Vintage Reclaimed Lumber and Grain & Grange, began nearly two decades ago on a garage floor. Todd, who owned several other companies at the time, realized he wanted to do something different. He wanted to work with his hands, and his welding class in high school came in handy for that dream.
“I started on my garage floor, and the company has grown and grown over the years,” he says. “Now we are one of the premier architectural and ornamental iron companies in Oklahoma. We have always done various stair railings and gates, but we caught it at the perfect time when the Old World look was taking hold. We were able to perfect and capitalize on that.”
Today, all the furniture at Vintage Reclaimed Lumber and Grain & Grange that have iron work are made at Old World Iron. Seven craftsmen work at the company to create the styles and looks customers demand. Those same craftsmen also know how to change and adapt to current styles.
“Styles and looks and themes change all the time. That’s the great thing about metal; you can always change metal to fit any design,” Todd says. “You have to be able to change in order to fit the prevailing styles.”
Old World Iron continues to create lasting, heirloom-quality beauty for hundreds of customers, whether decorators, builders, homeowners or architects. Notable installations include numerous historic restorations, such as the Crocker Estate; the Federal Courthouse in Little Rock, Arkansas; and dozens of professional athletes, business owners and leaders.
“Our motto has always been stairs, gates and balconies for fine homes. While that remains true today, Old World Iron does so much more,” Todd says. “Whether it’s furniture through our Grain & Grange retail store, reclaimed lumber from Vintage Reclaimed Lumber, modern stainless, glass and steel railings and other decorative and functional elements from Architectural Metal Design, or working with your tradesmen to install a wooden stair rail through Oklahoma Stair Parts, we stand ready to help in ways most companies can’t.”
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