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.
Some pictures of a pretty single garden gate with scrolls, buns and collaring detail. This one was made by the Ironart team for a house in Pulteney Gardens, Bath. So much garden ironwork is painted black, which was the fashion in the post war 1950’s era – it’s always a welcome relief to see metalwork painted in appealing, light colours!
Some pictures have just come in of some impressive entrance gates we made last year here at Ironart for a large new-build house in Orpington, Kent. It’s great to see these because Andy couldn’t take photos the day he finished the installation as it was too dark, and work doesn’t often take us to that part of England. Particularly gratifying for Jason Balchin (pictured) who worked like a trojan on these gates while we were simultaneously rebuilding our workshops in Larkhall – looking back now we fully appreciate that was no mean feat!
Jason and James have just finished making an impressive pair of bow top entrance gates this week. Some of the forging was pretty heavy going as the stiles and faux columns are made up of 40mm square bar. These stunning gates were designed by Andy and based on the client’s brief. They feature snub-end C and S scrolls and circle details. Pictured here are Jason Balchin and NADFAS apprentice James Cuthbertson. These gates are huge: 2.4m high and 4.3m wide – and when they were finally assembled they took some moving!
Here are some pics of Ironart’s Jim Purry working on a wrought iron balustrade, designed and made for a Grade II listed mansion on the edge of Bath. We were very lucky to be able to work on this stunning property during the restoration of the whole building. This lovely balustrade replaced some bog-standard white panel railings on a terrace. Andy offered the clients various options on the panel detail (see drawings) based on other examples in and around Bath.
We are nearing completion of a sizeable commission for our client Ashford Homes in Bath. Ashford Homes are building a prestigious terrace of new town houses in the centre of Bath on Henrietta Street. Follow THIS LINK to their website.
The whole team here at Ironart have been involved with this project which was needed on a really short lead time. We made eight wrought iron balconettes with lead cast detailing in the style of Herschel House, the neighbouring property, automated gates and a 40m run of individually leaded-in Bath finial railings to the front and the side of the building which are as yet unpainted. (Ironart made all the architectural metalwork for Herschel House in 2008).
Artists impression of the Ashford Homes development on Bathwick Street, Bath
Bathwick Street balconettes for Ashford Homes, Bath
Announcing a collaboration between Ironart and John Packer, a talented designer based in Bristol. John’s unique, contemporary style adds a whole new dimension to the design service we can offer here at Ironart. His work is visually intriguing, often with a complex mathematical element. John’s work is mainly in the field of Public Art, ranging from functional items such as railings, street furniture and bridges, to kinetic, musical and static sculptures.
“My inspiration is taken from natural forms and phenomena, such as the fractal geometry of shells and plants, and the dynamic patterns of water ripples. My fascination with structures and engineering has also led me into designing bridges as well as experimental structural sculptures.”
We’re excited about the possibility of working with John, combining his contemporary design skills with the manufacturing expertise of the team here at Ironart. If you have a project in mind and would like to talk to us about it, please get in touch.