Ball Nut Joints

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forged steel gate with ball nuts Art Nouveau railings with ballnut fixings Stair bannisters with ball nut joinery

Ballnuts are custom made fasteners used by blacksmiths where conventional engineer's hexagonal nuts and bolts would be unsightly. Whilst they serve a practical purpose, they can also be used as a design feature in their own right, as the above gates and balustrades demonstrate. Ballnuts look particularly effective when they are surrounded by the swellings of a hot punched hole.