Ironart’s Jason Balchin, Alan Patterson and Adrian Booth made these symmetrical handrails as part of a much bigger project incorporating double gates and railings for a lovely period house in Weston on the edge of Bath. The team reclaimed the original top strap from pre-existing handrails on the steps. These handrails incorporate decorative cast iron newel posts and were individually leaded in on site by Luke Hannaford. For more examples of bespoke gates and railings please visit the bespoke portfolio on our website.
We blogged about the making and restoration of these three traditional wrought iron kitchen garden gates a few weeks ago. Please follow this link to read all about it.
We now have some pictures of them in situ and they look truly stunning. If you would like to talk to us about wrought iron gate restoration, or have a new commission in mind, please get in touch.
We’ve been cataloguing images and came across some pics of a lovely single garden gate we made for a client in Horton north of Bath last year. This gate design was worked up from a sketch supplied by our client and frames the entrance to a beautiful mature garden. It features flowing scrollwork, spear finial and collaring and was made here in our workshops by Ironart’s Jason Balchin. If you are looking for a garden gate and need some inspiration, take a look at our portfolio of work and contact us on 01225 311273 to discuss, we’d love to help.
This morning we celebrated the unveiling of the lovely Anemone gate with a round of coffee and croissants! This quirky and unique gate was commissioned by a creative local couple who wanted a striking piece for their period property located just around the corner from our workshops here in Larkhall, Bath.
Andy’s lovely anemone flower design was realised on the forge by Simon Bushell, Cecilie Robinson and Jason Balchin in the Ironart workshops, galvanized and then handpainted by Cecilie. The gate has already caused a flurry of interest and positive comments from passers by. The garden is also an eye-catching design, even in it’s dormant winter state it’s easy to tell that a great deal of thought has gone into the layout and planting. The garden design is the handiwork of Louise Bastow who runs Alchemy Garden Design in Bath and Bristol. Louise’s work is lovely, here is a link to her website.
If you are looking for a unique garden gate or structure for your home and garden please get in touch with us here at Ironart – we really enjoy this type of commission! Our thanks to the Davies for their hospitality and enthusiasm, and for the opportunity to make this gate, we love it.
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.
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.
Ironart’s Martin Smith worked closely with our clients Woodhouse & Law in Bath to design, make and install this amazing ‘found objects’ gate at Zero Degrees in Bristol. This was a really exciting and interesting project which we executed within a very tight deadline.
Martin and our team pulled out all the stops to make this happen, sourcing all component parts from scrap yards, salvage yards and contacts we knew would be hoarding bits and pieces we could use! The gate features Clifton Suspension Bridge, plenty of references to the Bristol Docks, engineering, Brunel, industry and hot air ballooning. We are absolutely chuffed to bits with the results – it look terrific. This completely unique and quirky gate is at the entrance to Zero Degrees micro-brewery and restaurant right in the centre of Bristol at 53 Colston Street Bristol BS1 5BA. We’re sure it will stop people in their tracks for many years to come!
We have just installed this forged estate-style entrance gate at Freshford Primary School, near Bath. Simple, elegant and very beautiful, we LOVE it. Well done team!
Some happy snaps taken today showing the diversity of projects on the go here at Ironart in a typical working day!
Jason has made this set of three beautiful forged field gates for a wedding venue in Canterbury, Kent which have just come back from the galvanizers. Dom was working on some fiddly drop bolts for a customer while Martin has been busy laying out pieces for an amazing ‘found objects’ entrance gate which will grace the entrance of a cool revamped pub on Colston Hill in the heart of Bristol. This project has been commissioned by local interior and garden design firm Woodhouse & Law. We can tell that Martin is in his element working on this project because he’s been singing non-stop since he started work on it. The gate will evolve as it comes together – we’ll keep you posted as he progresses it. He’s also working on two antique Coalbrookdale benches, one Lily of the Valley three seat bench dated 1864 and a huge 6ft long Nasturtium bench – never a dull moment!
This short film is a masterclass in finial making. It shows three guys in the Ironart workshop, working together to batch out a large quantity of ‘Bath’ style finials for a new development on the edge of town. Dominic West heats the bars in the gas forge, then tapers the ends of each bar using the power hammer, he uses dividers to check the length of each taper. James Cuthbertson then forms the profile of each finial using the hydraulic press with a forming tool in it, then he works on the fly press putting chisel lines into each one. Finally, after they have been linished to remove the scale and ensure a square point, Ted Powles visually checks each one for straightness, any last adjustments are made using a copper hammer on a straightening block. Enjoy.