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About Us – Virginia Ironworks

Bill Mayers & The Mayers Family

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Since 1970, Bill Mayers has been a driving force and leader in the railings and gates business. He learned the craft from his father David “Did” Mayers, who owned the largest railing shop on the East Coast. The Mayers family established Virginia Ironworks as the top choice of noted architects, interior decorators, landscape artists, builders, contractors and discerning homeowners.

Bill’s insistence on quality craftsmanship and client service affords Virginia Ironworks the distinction of providing railing services throughout North America and Europe. His detailed and decorative work can be seen in Newport, RI, The Hamptons and Embassy Row in Washington, DC. The beauty of the gates is equally matched by the high security they provide. Bill’s designs grace and protect American embassies in Switzerland, Armenia and at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA. Over the decades, Virginia Ironworks has flourished far beyond its small-family roots, yet continues to provide its clients with personal service, impeccable quality and unmatched craftsmanship they’ve come to expect.

Special Projects

The Mayers family’s work is featured in multiple episodes of HGTV’s Curb Appeal, as well as HBO’s acclaimed John Adams and AMC’s Turn. It is also seen in the movies Lincoln and Hannibal. Bill and his family recently worked with landscape architect Charles Stick, Jay Hugo of 3north Architects and interior designer Bunny Williams on a prominent Richmond residence.

Bill Mayers


Alex Mayers


At age 13, Alex began learning the art of metal fabrication from his father and grandfather. In the 19 years since, he has perfected his skills working with a wide range of metals on myriad projects. He combines his devotion to old-world craft with modern technologies, which provides for enhanced design, affordability and the finest craftsmanship available.

Alex has two children and lives in Louisa, VA. He surfs in Buxton, NC, when not working.

Jake Mayers

Master Blacksmith and lead installer

Jake began studying under a master blacksmith at age 17. Long hours spent learning the techniques of hand-forging allowed him to develop the expertise to craft and contour our rails and gates into any shape or design, no matter how intricate or demanding. Jake is also the lead installer, ensuring that all on-site standards are exact and adhered to.

Jake lives in Mechanicsville, VA, with his wife. He is a dive master and rescue diver for movie sets and TV shows when not working.

Jared Mayers


Jared utilizes computer-aided design to draft our projects. His in-depth knowledge of our project library and his immense comprehension of other architectural sources make him an ideal collaborator for our clients. He works directly with clients to bring their ideas to fruition.

Jared lives in Carterville, VA, with his wife, two sons and daughter.

Photos by: Jeff Satterthwaite