Collared Joints

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A collar joint used for stair balustrades Collar joint with contrasting metals Collar joint on a galvanised weather vane

Blacksmiths have traditionally used collars for joinery for thousands of years. A suitable length of metal is heated in the forge, then wrapped around the pieces to be joined. As the collar cools it shrinks, which causes it to strongly grip the pieces together.

These days, electrical welding has largely replaced collars for mass produced work. However, many contemporary blacksmiths find collars more aesthetically pleasing than a welded joint and use them as a design feature. In particular, a collar can be used to great effect as a contrasting metal detail, as the above image shows.