Floral Garden Arch

Malvern Arch at the Eden Project

In 2012 we designed and created a decorative floral arch for the Eden Project in Cornwall. We were approached this year by 3 sisters who wanted to give their mum a unique present for a special birthday. They were inspired by the arch that we had created for the Eden project and commissioned us to create a similar one for their mum. Cecily Robinson has worked on this lovely arch over the summer. It has just been installed and is looking glorious! Talking with Cecily about working on the arch she mentioned the challenges of creating consistent tapers from 40mm round bar at the bottom through to a point at the top. She also enjoyed the contrast of working with solid uprights that form the main structure of the arch alongside creating the fine flowery details that adorn the arch from top to bottom!  See here the original arch at the Eden Project and the newly created arch installed in situ. If you are interested in commissioning something like this or similar do get in touch to discuss your idea.

Parade Gardens Balustrade

Over the last 3 and a half years, Ironart of Bath has been involved in a project called BathIRON. BathIRON was the brainchild of Andy Thearle, owner of Ironart of Bath and secretary and trustee of the National Heritage Ironwork Group. The NHIG’s aim is to raise awareness of heritage ironwork, the skills involved in creating it and also that enable its protection and conservation. The focal point of the BathIRON project was to create a brand new bespoke, musical themed balustrade for the bandstand in Parade Gardens, Bath, as a means to raise awareness of heritage ironwork to a multitude of audiences. 
 
Last June alongside The British Artist Blacksmith Association, Hereford College of Arts and lots of artist blacksmiths, Ironart of Bath participated in the BathIRON festival of ironwork in Parade Gardens in the centre of the City of Bath. Over the 4 days of the event, all the bespoke panels were forged live by master blacksmiths and their teams.  Following on from that, after a winter of hard work and thousands of hours of forging, galvanising, finishing and painting, this April saw the final installation of the balustrade and it looks amazing! It is now in situ and you can go down anytime to Parade Gardens in Bath and have a look. 
 
This May Ironart joined the final celebrations to mark the project’s completion, at an event called FireFOLK in Parade Gardens, Bath. FireFOLK was an evening of live folk music, forging demonstrations, a silent auction of traditionally, hand-forged pieces, a bar and local food stalls. It was a family-friendly event as part of the Bath Festival and welcomed people of all ages and backgrounds. It was great to be mixing with artist and master blacksmiths, families who had sponsored notes on the balustrade, folk music enthusiasts, regulars to the park and visitors to the city.  We were very lucky with a balmy, sunny evening and much fun was had by all, the mayor came to cut the ribbon and accept this amazing, bespoke gift on behalf of the city of Bath and the evening ended in suitable style with lots of happy folk dancing around the beautiful, newly adorned bandstand. Read more about the project here.

It has been amazing to be part of this project, that leaves a legacy that will be seen and enjoyed for hundreds of years by many thousands of people visiting and living in the city of Bath. The opportunity to be involved in something that allows people to understand the incredible creative possibilities of working with metal was very exciting and a privilege. This kind of bespoke work is something that Ironart of Bath specialises in. Do get in touch if you would like us to come and talk about a creative idea you have for some bespoke ironwork creation!
 

Pretty garden balustrade panels

We are lucky enough to visit some very special houses and gardens through our work. These pretty panels were designed as edge protection for a garden on Greenway Lane in Bath. Many of the houses on Greenway Lane have steep gardens and this one enjoys some spectacular views over beautiful Lyncombe Vale. The homeowner wanted something more than a simple balustrade. Andy’s design incorporates some lead cast detailing, inspired by our client’s visit to the Ironart workshop last year where the team were casting lead details on another project.

 

 

Bay tree planters in SW London

The Ironart team were commissioned to make some simple but effective steel planters/edging for a house in South West London for garden designer Alex Miller. Alex wanted something to deter cats and foxes, and that would smarten up the paved front garden of this terraced property. The steel was left bare to allow a rusted finish to develop. You can follow Alex Miller and her work on Instagram – search for her username: under_the_fig_tree

If your garden could benefit from a neat solution like this, we’d love to help so please get in touch on 01225 311273

Bay Tree Planters London

Bay Tree Planters, London

Bay Tree Planters, London

The making of the Anemone gate

We have nearly finished this really lovely and unique garden gate. The ‘Anemone gate’ was one of those exciting commissions which fires everyone’s enthusiasm for our work. Working to Andy’s unique design, with plenty of input from our clients, a team of blacksmiths set to work on the forge. Jason, Simon and Cecilie were all involved in it’s making.

The Anenome Gate by Ironart of Bath

The Anenome Gate by Ironart of Bath

This sequence of pictures show the team at work forging what is largely a traditionally-made gate. For those who have a technical level of interest, you might like to know…

  • The gate frame was made with forged tenons
  • The gate styles were upset and formed (4 inches of material disappeared during this process!)
  • The flowers were forged from 3mm sheet steel, they were constructed with ball and thread, drilled and tapped into the stem.
  • The long tapers were drawn out to form stems which were then upset at the bottom to give a natural flared look.
  • The neat collars were put on hot
  • The lettering for the property will be laser cut in stainless steel and fixed to the plate at the bottom of the gate.
  • The finish? Well… it will be galvanised and then hand painted!

We’ll blog some more pictures of this project as the gate nears completion.

Contemporary forgework – The Poppy Panel, Clevedon

An album of images showing a lovely forged ‘Poppy Panel’ made earlier this year by the Ironart team.  This short section of decorative balustrading was inspired by Ironart’s impressive Meadow Gate project. It was designed to provide a division of space and focal point in a private courtyard garden in Clevedon (between Bristol and Weston Super Mare.)

This panel incorporates forged poppies, scrollwork, grasses, leaves and decorative fauna and was really fun to make. For more info on the Meadow gate which was the starting point for this design, follow this link. To talk to us about commissioning contemporary forged ironwork for your own home or garden please call Andy on 01225 311 273

An elegant garden gazebo

A few weeks ago we made and installed this simple, elegant garden gazebo structure in a private garden in Farmborough near Bath. This unique and unusual structure was designed to support four trees and form the focal point for a terrace in front of the house.

The intention is that the immature trees will be trained to follow the curves of each corner so that the entire piece will form an arbour, covered in foliage over time. The gazebo has been left unpainted in it’s galvanized finish, which will weather from silver to a matt grey patina. Martin and Andy made up a small scale model for the client to approve prior to making the finished piece (pictured). If you thinking about commissioning a bespoke garden structure and need some advice, we’d love to help so please get in touch 01225 311 273.

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Step-over ‘espalier’ supports

A seasonal offering from the Ironart workshops! The perfect solution for small gardens. These ‘step-over apple tree supports were made for a client in Yorkshire. There are lots of great tutorials online which show you how to create these espaliers – if you are looking for a support for your stepover that will outlast wood, we’d love to help. We make them from solid bar steel which is galvanized before it is painted in the colour of your choice. All enquiries call the Ironart team on 01225 311 273

Step-over or espalier supports.

Step-over or espalier supports.

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