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Art metal blacksmith Isaac T. Wallwork worked with the renowned Bucks County artist Morgan Colt at the Gothic Shop at Phillips' Mill in New Hope. He made several ornamental iron pieces for St. Phillip's Episcopal Chapel in New Hope. He also worked for the Frederick Glass Company of Bethayres, retiring as personnel director in 1967. Wallwork made his first ironwork for the George Ely Riding Academy, New Hope in 1923. His delicate iron grill work features floral motifs with birds, lions, and dragons, used in doors, tables, lanterns, lamps, and flower stands. When the craft market declined, Wallwork went into industry, using the skills he had developed as a metal worker.
Isaac Wallwork, newspaper clipping.
Education and Training
Wallwork learned ironwork at Morgan Colt's Gothic Shops.
Connection to Bucks County
Isaac Wallwork lived in New Hope from around 1928 until his death in 1986. He was married to Gertrude Walter Wallwork.
Colleagues and Affiliations
Isaac Wallwork was a colleague of Morgan Colt and Amos Armitage at Colt's "Gothic Shops" at Phillips' Mill during the 1920s. When Colt died in 1926, Wallwork continued at the Gothic Shop making objects for Colt's widow to sell.
Wallwork knew painter William F. Taylor from the Delaware Valley Protective Association.
He was a member of the Artisans Order of Mutual Protection,
The Delaware Valley Protective Association, Doylestown Old Guard, and the New Hope Historical Society.
St. Philip's Episcopal Church, New Hope, Pennsylvania
George Ely's Riding Academy, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1923
Isaac Wallwork was a colleague of Morgan Colt and Amos Armitage at Colt's "Gothic Shops" at Phillips Mill during the 1920s. When Colt died in 1926, Wallwork continued at the Gothic Shop making objects for Colt's widow to sell.
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