The traditional gate or railings with their beautiful scrollwork, leafwork and detailed jointing are probably the images most people think of when asked about wrought ironwork. We are able to re-produce historic ironwork exactly, or work in the styles of previous historic periods to create new work that fits in perfectly with its surroundings.
Whether you are looking for a simple candlestick for an eighteenth century cottage, a grand pair of entrance gates, or a handrail for garden steps, we can advise on historic style, and help to translate your ideas into solid reality.
Our team of blacksmiths are all skilled in the age old techniques required to produce work to a high standard,. We produce all of our forged work in our own workshops and we are happy to work to your design ideas or produce drawings for you .
Project: New Entrance Gates
Location: Wilby, Northamptonshire
These entrance gates are of traditional design with vertical bars and scrollwork. The framing is also traditionally made by forging tenons, hot punching holes and riveting. The scrollwork is fire welded and screwed or riveted to the frame. The beauty of these gates is in the traditional detailing there are no fillet welds to break up joint lines between cross bars and verticals and the heeled tenons add real interest to the joints as well as being practical. By fire welding the scrollwork, a smooth line, easy to the eye is maintained with clean transitions between elements.
The gates were forged from mild steel, galvanised, etch primed and painted with a zinc rich primer and top coat in a 30% gloss finish.
Project: Railings to the Front entrance steps, roof terrace and garden terrace.
Location: Southwark London
A general theme based around the oak tree was agreed upon .The property fronts a conservation area and the outward appearance of the entrance railings needed to be in keeping with this so these are of traditional appearance with a hand forged motif of oak leaves in a central roundel. The roof terrace railings were based around the outline of an oak tree, overlapped to provide strength while the rear garden terrace railing design was abstracted from the shapes found in oak leaves. By keeping to a theme the various areas of metalwork are linked although the treatment of each is different.
Project: New gate and railings
We are very proud to be part of this project to create a new entrance alongside the new clock tower at Harris Manchester College in Oxford. We worked with the architects Yiangou and partners to produce the design for the gate and railings. These were traditionally forged and jointed using firewelding, tenons and rivets. The finish is hot zinc sprayed for corrosion resistance, followed by primers and top coats in Dulux Metalshield satin finish.
The gates and railings have created much interest since they were installed.
Our hand forged work is a way of working that produces textures and forms which are unique to the individual piece and distinct from machine made products.