Thursday, 16 March 2017

Hand forged steel and copper interior gates

Earlier on in the year were asked to make 3 pairs of interior gates for french windows at a house in Chelsea that we have been supplying for many years. The primary purpose is to keep the dogs in but we think they look great too!
Steel and copper interior gate

The gate is in hand forged and textured steel with individually made copper roses.

The gates match the curtain poles, exterior balustrading, door furniture and lighting that co-ordinate as part of the design scheme of the house.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Art Nouveau Gates

We recently installed some gates for a mansion in the Cotswolds, lots of blackmsithing involved and an interesting distressed copper patina applied. They are inspired by the work of art nouveau blacksmith Emile Robert
Above shows the gates in the workshop before finishing,

and installed

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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 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