Gareth Cryer, one of the newest blacksmiths to join our team has been lucky enough to be part of the Princes Foundation Building Craft Programme over the last 8 months. The programme involved a 3-month live-build at Dumfries House in Scotland with a team of other craftspeople including stonemasons, carpenters, bricklayers, thatchers and blacksmiths who were all developing their heritage skills. As part of the programme, Gareth had placements at forges across the UK including his time with us at Ironart. We are as active as we can be in fostering these types of placement supporting and developing people with the craft. In running this programme, The Princes Foundation is doing great work to develop crafts professional’s skills in the UK and enable better building practice and conservation of heritage sites across the country. We are really keen to support this kind of enterprise. Congratulations, to Gareth for completing this inspirational programme. We look forward to welcoming Jeremy Cash, our latest placement from the foundation, this November. See below some images of the projects Gareth worked on the programme.
We made this balustrade for a private home near Henley in 2016. We have recently received the final images of it in situ. The balustrade was designed in collaboration with the project architect and was inspired by Sir John Soane’s Moggerhanger House. Whilst it looks beautifully simple it was a deceptively difficult job with fiddly and precise ironwork. It’s great to see it in its completed setting.
These highly unusual cake stands were made for Ian Taylor at The Abbey Hotel in the centre of Bath by talented blacksmith Cecilie Robinson.
They were made to Ian’s design and incorporate delicate glass fruit by Adam Aaronson of contemporary glass studio Aaronson Noon. The organic ‘branch and leaf’ design created a series of challenges for Cecilie, not least trying to ensure that they were all exactly the same. These pictures tell a step-by-step story of the cake stands as they took shape in the Ironart workshop, at times giving the illusion of an enchanted forged steel forest! This was a really fun project to work on, and the bespoke cake stands look fantastic inside the Abbey Hotel. (ps. Apparently they also double up as very useful hat and coat stands….who knew?)
We have just received images from a client near Glastonbury who commissioned this lovely circular barn-style chandelier in a rusted finish. I’ve also included some images of the piece on the bench in the workshop while it was being assembled. The design was based on a previous project here at Ironart, but in this instance the chandelier was wired by the client’s electrician to accommodate candle stems and electric bulbs. These are bespoke items and can be made to any size, please contact us if you’d like some more info.
Just stumbled upon these pics of a bespoke fire hood we made for a private customer near Chippenham earlier this year.
The hood is designed to capture the smoke from a centrally located fireplace in a huge open plan barn. Although simple in design the overall effect is really impressive. Hope you like it!
Apologies for the long blog silence, things have been really hectic here since the site move and we’re busier than ever which is great news.
Here are some pics I stumbled across just now of a beautiful radiator console the Ironart team made last year for one of our interior design clients, Cynthia Garcia in London. No idea how these pics slipped through the net, but here they are. What a lovely and unique piece of work. Enjoy!
We were recently commissioned by local interior designer Sammy Wickins to make a bespoke contemporary light fitting for a private residential property in Bath. The suspended ceiling light was wired with spotlights and designed to hold a collection of candles. It was hard to visualise how it would look in context but Sammy very kindly emailed us this image of the installation which looks great!
Here’s what she said: “There are not many suppliers that have really exceeded my expectations but Ironart did just that with the fabrication of a bespoke light fitting that I had to create for a residential project in Bath. From the initial meeting with the (very rough) drawings Andy guided me through the creation of this wonderful light fitting converting my rough ideas into his scaled technical drawing. A dual electrical feed (one for the low-voltage lights under the light and the other for the candle bulbs on the top of the light) meant that this fitting was not a straight forward design but with Andy’s experience the process was plain sailing and the finished result is better than I had imagined. Thank you Andy and your hard working team for your help and I look forward to working with you soon again in the future.” Sammy Wickins, SW Design April 2012 www.sammywickins.com
We are lucky enough to be based in the beautiful City of Bath, a World Heritage City, UNESCO added Bath as a cultural site to its World Heritage List 25 years ago in 1987. To commemorate this anniversary we were commissioned by Stephen Bird, Head of Heritage Services at Bath and North East Somerset District Council (BANES) to create a large-scale World Heritage Symbol. We were delighted to be asked to make this prestigious piece, an unusual metalwork commission for the Ironart team. The brand new World Heritage Symbol is located high up in the entrance to the Roman Baths in the Pump Rooms in the centre of Bath – you really cannot miss it!
The impressive large-scale sculpture was fabricated from 2.5mm sheet steel which had been plasma cut to shape using a wooden mock-up of the finished article. We constructed it in a hollow box section and it was finished in our sprayshop in a satin gold paint before being carefully transported to site by the Ironart team. Let us know if you visit the Roman Baths and spot it, we’d love to hear what you think!
We recently designed, made and installed a stunning cast iron balustrade and stair rail at Old Down Manor, Tockington – which has just opened as a prestigious wedding venue near Bath and Bristol.
The restoration of the house was overseen by Ken Biggs Contractors Ltd, a well known local firm with a great reputation. We were delighted to be commissioned by Ken Biggs to take on this project and it’s very rewarding to see our metalwork showcased in such a lovely setting.
There are a couple of recent blogs which we posted about the making of this cast iron balustrade which will give you some background to this project. We’ve linked back to them here. Blog post 1, Blog post 2.
We wish the team at Old Down Manor the very best with their new venue. For more information about Old Down Manor, Tockington weddings – please take a look at their website.
With thanks to Olivia Mills, General Manager at Old Down Manor for the use of these images.