“Arguelles fell into blacksmithing thanks to his wife Rachel. About thirty years ago, his godfather passed his ironworking shop in Hoboken on to Rachel and her brother. Arguelles, who was then working for a freight company, decided to chip in.
“I came down to help and I fell in love with it,” he says, adding that he quit his job soon after and has been working with metal ever since. With his love for art and background in architecture (he studied the subject for two years in college), Arguelles was a natural fit. Over the years, the 52-year-old Greenville resident has helped All Ironworks (which moved to JC not too long after he and his wife took the reins) create fences, railings, furniture and more for nightclubs, restaurants and houses all around Hudson County and beyond.
Some of his biggest projects include the Hoboken Historical Museum, the Whitney, Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant and the interior railings and backyard of actor Tony Goldwyn (best known as the villain in 1990′s Ghost and grandson of Samuel Goldwyn, the founder one of the motion picture studios that became MGM).
He’s humble about his accomplishments. “Everyone says, ‘Thank you, Peter,’ but it’s not me. I tell people it’s all about the team. I can’t do anything by myself.””
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