Monday, 15 August 2016

I have been working on an interesting commission for over 10 months, and it is just being completed.

The project involved a lot of co-ordinating metalwork in a large house in Chelsea.
This included 9 interior safety gates, 26 very elaborate curtain poles, many smaller items such as window and door handles, and a rose balustrade with a patinated bronze finish in the garden.
Rose balustrade detail
The garden itself has been beautifully designed and has a magical fairy tale quality about it..

Rose Balustrade
















Next up I will be making some grape vine gates in the Art Nouveau style for a Cotswold mansion.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Colour at last?

Over the last 35 years due to an aversion to the ubiquitous black paint on decorative ironwork, I have experimented with a few finishes on forged metals. The most satisfactory to date had been my 'old lead' finish which combines excellent protection and a super matt, mottled grey appearance that I love.

Many examples can be seen at www.andrew-findlay.com. There are however situations where intense colour would be wholly appropriate, but I have struggled to find a sufficiently durable and lasting method of coloration. Until now.

I have discovered a method of applying vitreous enamel to stainless steel which opens up a whole new world of painterly effects. Enamel is essentially a layer of molten glass which has adhered to the metal. The glass is coloured by the addition of metal oxides. and fused to the metal by heat.

Below is a sample of enamelled copper.



Watch this space for further developments.. 

Thursday, 2 April 2015


Out of the blue, I recently received a request to demonstrate the craft of blacksmithing at The Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennesse. This is a great honour as the Museum has a similar status to the V&A museum here in the UK.

This came about from three work colleagues and friends who are members of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths putting my name forward for the Forging on the River event.
I'm sure it will be an unforgettable experience, and I will post a report on my return!!

See details of the Forging on the River event here


Also, a new sculpture exhibition for us, 'Elegance and Form' The Wyndcliffe Court spring sculpture show. The exhibition runs from Friday 3rd of April to Sunday 21st of June. The venue is 3miles south of Tintern, Monmouthshire

Click here for full details


This is an image of one of our exhibits in the walled garden.

Filligree arch and Planters

Sunday, 15 February 2015

After 3 years, its so good to get some feedback!



Whats's happening at The Forge? Well we have recently received some amazing images of a job we completed in Dubai, below is a sample:


These are filligree doors to the customer's wine cellar, red on the left, white on the right. All in all we spent three and a half years on this project and I am very pleased with the finished result. We made eighty four window grilles in forged fig and seed pod design, 2 x 4m diameter domes for the roofs of the towers, many sets of doors and the crowning glory were the main entrance doors forged from solid bronze, along with a matching 3m square window.

This image looks up into the tower to the dome at the top.

Main entrance doors

Just a small sample of the work done which included staircases and many square metres of balustrading.

Next post will be about our historic forge and a new beautiful woodland forge we are setting up for courses!

Monday, 27 January 2014

Voysey Hinges

2013 ended well with an interesting commission from a client who had a remarkable collection of Arts and Crafts furniture and artifacts. A beautiful wardrobe had been made by a cabinet maker which required some elaborate bronze hinges in the style of CM Voysey. Mr Voysey was well known for using hearts and birds as ornament and these hinges are no exception

Bronze was the material of choice, and it took many hours to give the four hinges the required look. The details were all hand cut with a piercing saw and the body forged to shape including the hinge eyes and plates. They are approx. 18" long and shown here before dark brown patination had been applied.


Other work in bronze here

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Hello everyone and welcome to Andrew Findlay's blog!


We are based at The Old Forge, Eastnor, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR81RD. Telephone is 01531 634999

Here you will be able to read about what's happening at Eastnor Forge including events such as demonstrations and open days, what we make, how it's done and importantly what inspires us. But first a bit of background.

I started work as a self employed Artist Blacksmith in 1985, working from a tin shed with very little equipment. As my skill level grew  I started getting enquiries from interior designers based locally who wanted something different for their projects. Eventually as word spread about my work I started getting enquiries from top design firms in London such as Sedley Place Ltd, Fox Linton Associates, Sybil Colefax and John Fowler amongst others, and ended up making both interior and exterior work for their high profile clients in the Music, Media and Hospitality industries. My style of work has always been inspired by nature and tends to feature plant forms, both realistic and abstract. See it in detail HERE

I have always made smaller pieces to sell direct  to the public, and these include fire irons, bowls, hooks, and a good range of garden planters and small sculptures as well as a very popular garden bench design.

We have also been supplying top floor and fabric company Roger Oates Design with stair rods for their runners for many years.

Please feel free to contact me here with any questions or enquiries

Thanks for visiting

Andrew