The meadow gate came back from the firm of galvanizers that we use last week. It looks incredible and they have done a great job of retaining the detail which can sometimes be a problem.
Here are some pics – feast your eyes!
We are currently making a truly unique, contemporary gate for a couple who live on the outskirts of Bath. So much of what we make in and around Bath is based on heritage designs and every now and then we are commissioned to design something fresh and exciting and full of organic shapes, that fires the imagination of everyone in the workshop.
The Meadow Gate is a stunning 4.5 metre wide sliding gate which will be constructed using a combination of traditional forgework and modern techniques. Andy’s design was inspired by the rural setting of the house and incorporates bulrushes, poppies, buttercups, snowdrops, blue-eyed grass, two butterflies a caterpillar and a snail.
Here are some pictures of the Ironart team – mostly Jim, Woody and James – at work on the Meadow gate in the Ironart workshop this week. We’ll post some more as the project progresses.
The Ironart team were featured in the Bath Chronicle last week with some publicity surrounding the new World Heritage Sculpture that we made for BANES. Follow this link to read all about the sculpture – previously featured on the Ironart blog.
The workshop is always a hive of activity, but Andy and the team have gone into overdrive in the last two weeks preparing for Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2011. This year our stand is on Row3 right in the middle of the showground, and this year we’re taking some very exciting new products to showcase the team’s talents!
Jim has been relishing the opportunity to design and build something completely out of the ordinary – a giant 2.4m wide asymmetric arch which will grace the front of the stand. The inspiration from this piece was a bespoke garden trellis we recently created for a private roof garden in London. Everyone who passed through the workshop loved the natural curving scrolls and intricate flower detailing on the supports while that commission was in production, so we have taken elements of the design and incorporated them on a very grand scale in this wrought iron arch.
We’ll be planting it up at Malvern Spring Flower Show with purple and white wisteria, honeysuckle and blue clematis which are generously on loan to us from Marcel at Floyds Climbers, to give an impression of how it will look in an established garden. The rest of the stand will be planted with a cottage garden profusion of foxgloves, delphiniums, old pink roses, jasmine, aquilegia, strawberries, thyme and lavender – which all came from the awesome Downside Nurseries in Westwood near Bath…..we cannot WAIT to see it all coming together on Wednesday. Fingers crossed it all works out.