Knox United Church Balcony Railings

Submitted by Fernie Forge on Tue, November 24, 2009

Dedication of the balcony railing
“Today we recognize the work and effort of a number of people who have given of their time and gifts to the balcony railing. We are thankful to Sandra and David Barrett for their generosity in donating their craftsmanship, their time, and the materials for this to happen. Today we take time to recognize these gifts and dedicate them to the life of our worshipping community.”
Rev Jane Clarke
Knox United Church Bulletin, Fernie. Sunday November 22nd 2009

Designed for optimum viewing of the church sanctuary from the balcony,polished bronze twisted bars, copper clips joining the double steel bows and copper rivets add elegance to the otherwise understated pattern inspired by gates on the Royal Balmoral Estate in Scotland.
The railings are divided into five panels to echo the symmetry of the existing five windows on each side of the church. Each panel is divided into two with a twisted polished bronze square bar between the double bows of waxed steel. Small solid steel balls positioned underneath the bottom rail prevent flexing along the total length of 38 feet.
The Holy Trinity is represented by the stylized fleur de lys at the top of each drop forged cross. The crosses were imported from England to compliment the design, and have been embellished by hand with 23 carat gold leaf by Fernie Forge to highlight the symbolic four corners of the world. A natural wax finish has been applied to enhance and protect all the metal components.
6mm tempered glass panels fit within a groove on the underside of the clear fir wood top rail and are a safety feature to ensure the railings comply with the Building Code. The railings are in keeping with the style of the 100 year old building. Fernie Forge has designed, made, installed and donated new railings to commemorate the centennial of Knox United Church in Fernie.