Ironart attends NHIG’s inaugural best practice seminar

Keeping up to date with best practice is a vital part of our ongoing training here at Ironart, so we were delighted to attend the NHIG’s first seminar on the Cleaning, Protection and Coating of Historic Ironwork at the Rural Crafts Centre in Hereford, a few weeks ago.

With around 50 delegates participating from as far afield as Scotland, London and the South Coast the seminar covered three key areas:

Current Cleaning Methods and their Effects, The Effects of Environment on Corrosion and Current Corrosion Control Methods and Historic and Contemporary coatings, their advantages and disadvantages /methods of application.

During the short presentations given, differing treatments were covered with each speaker outlining the relative pro’s and cons. Delegates were then given the opportunity to question, comment and debate on the subject areas covered during the day.

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Andy from Ironart who attended said:

“Getting together with fellow blacksmiths, specialist conservators, architects, the heritage trust and students in a forum like this provides a fantastic opportunity to listen to experts in the subject and then debate – quite vigorously as it turned out! –  the issues and methods involved in cleaning, protecting and coating heritage ironwork. Those who came along agreed that the seminar was a huge step forward in developing best practice advice and guidance for everyone in the field, including practitioners, specifiers and commissioners.”

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Notes were taken of the outcomes which will inform the content for future guidance and advice produced by the NHIG.

Andy said:

“As NHIG Secretary I’d like to thank Hereford & Ludlow College for hosting the event and to everyone who attended. Well done also to the NHIG team and speakers for making this such an informative and interesting inaugural event.”

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Over the next year or so the NHIG will be organising a series of seminars and master classes covering other areas of interest and concern regarding ironwork conservation. With the intention of promoting communication and understanding between  owners, specifiers and conservation professionals and also making available a resource base of information and technical advice on the care and preservation of our heritage ironwork. For updates and latest news, go to www.nhig.org.uk

Larkhall Festival Weekend – Open Day

It was great to welcome so many people at the Ironart open day on Saturday – part of the Larkhall Festival weekend. The forges were fired up and thankfully it didn’t rain. We had a visit from a gentleman called Sam who popped in…he used to work here as a schoolboy on Saturday mornings in the 1970’s for the late Sam Chantry. Sam Chantry established Ironart in 1967 here in what used to be the local slaughterhouse!

If you missed it please come and see us next year!

 

 

 

Invitation to our CPD Open Workshop in May

Ironart CPD Event 5th May 2015

If you are an architect, heritage professional, surveyor, landscape designer, garden designer or planning consultant you may be interested to hear that we are hosting a CPD Open Workshops event on Tuesday 5th May 2015. We will be hosting two sessions that day. 10am – 12noon or 2pm -4pm. Come and take a look around our forge, meet the team and find out more about our bespoke and restoration portfolio of work. Andy Thearle will be giving a short lecture entitled “An Introduction to Conservation, Care and Repair of Historic Ironwork”. To book in please give us a call on 01225 311273 or email ironart@ironart.co.uk. Please share this post with your colleagues, we look forward to meeting you.

 

National Heritage Ironwork Group (NHIG)

On Monday Andy and Alice went along to the AGM of the National Heritage Ironwork Group which was held in London. The NHIG objectives are to advance public knowledge and understanding of traditional ironwork and ironworking crafts, in particular through education, research and promotion of high standards.

The NHIG was set up and lauched by a small group of dedicated professionals in 2010. In four years it has grown to a committee of 17 very enthusiastic blacksmiths and heritage professionals who have come together from all corners of the UK to forward the aims of the group. The NHIG has recently been granted charity status and is looking set for some strategic changes – exciting times are ahead. More news on this when we have it.

In the meantime, if you are a blacksmith, heritage professional or simply have an enthusiasm for the conservation of important ironwork please help us to guarantee the future and support the NHIG by becoming a member today at a cost of £50 – spread the word!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One-day blacksmithing courses

Following the success of our workshops this summer, the Ironart team will be running more one-day ‘Introduction to Blacksmithing’ courses through the Autumn/Winter. These take place in our Larkhall forge on the outskirts of beautiful Georgian Bath. These one-day courses are aimed at the complete beginner and will be tutored by experienced artist blacksmiths Jason Balchin and Martin Smith.  They are open to anyone aged 16+ and make a unique and memorable birthday or Christmas present gift. Choose from a selection of items to make and take home. We’ll supply you with all safety equipment, tools and materials, hot bacon sandwiches and a steady flow of tea and coffee to keep you going. Please share this on Facebook and Twitter or forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested….

Blacksmithing workshops at Ironart of Bat

Blacksmithing workshops at Ironart of Bath

Jason Balchin of Ironart of Bath. Photo credit Clare Green, Western Daily Press

Jason Balchin of Ironart of Bath. Photo credit Clare Green, Western Daily Press

 

The following one-day workshops run from 8am – 2pm and cost £95.00 per person.

Saturday 22nd November 2014

Saturday 6th December 2014

Saturday 17th January 2015

Saturday 31st January 2015

Email ironart@ironart.co.uk or call us on 01225 311 273 to book your place. Please note that these are on a first-come, first served basis and payment is required in full to secure your place. (p.s. We can make suggestions for accommodation locally if needed.)

Please note that space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment! Feedback from previous one-day forging workshops …. “The things to make were interesting, and the different techniques fun to learn. The level and pace of the training was excellent, and it was great that we could each proceed at our own speed.” “I had a fantastic time, and achieved so much more than I expected to. I really want to do another course with you guys: that heart shaped hook is next on my list!” “Just to say I really enjoyed it. Our teacher was really patient and hit the right level of help/letting us get on with it. The day made me appreciate the skill involved. Would recommend the course.” “Well organised, good fun and good bacon butties!” “Andy and I thoroughly enjoyed the day at Ironart. Martin provided great instruction and within no time at all we had made several test pieces with scrolls and twists.”

 

* Terms and Conditions of booking:

  • Amendments to bookings may be made up to 14 days prior to the date of the class. If you find you are unable to attend a class less than 14 days before the date of your workshop we regret that the course fees will only be refunded if we are able to fill your place. These rules apply equally to gift voucher bookings.
  • If through unavoidable circumstances Ironart Ltd has to cancel a workshop, all course fees will be refunded in full or if you wish, transferred to another course. We regret that we cannot refund any other costs you may have incurred in advance, such as travel and accommodation.
  • Ironart Ltd cannot accept liability for any loss, injury or damage to course participants or their property. Copies of Ironart Ltd Public Liability Insurance certificate are available on request.
  • Whilst the dates & prices for the courses are correct at the time of going to press, Ironart Ltd reserves the right to make alterations to dates, times, course content & prices.

Autumn/Winter one-day forging courses

Following the success of our workshops this summer, the Ironart team will be running more one-day ‘Introduction to Blacksmithing’ courses through the Autumn/Winter. These take place in our Larkhall forge on the outskirts of beautiful Georgian Bath. These one-day courses are aimed at the complete beginner and will be tutored by experienced artist blacksmiths Jason Balchin and Martin Smith.

They are open to anyone aged 16+ and make a unique and memorable birthday or Christmas present gift. Choose from a selection of items to make and take home. We’ll supply you with all safety equipment, tools and materials, hot bacon sandwiches and a steady flow of tea and coffee to keep you going. Please share this on Facebook and Twitter or forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested…. The following one-day workshops run from 8am – 2pm and cost £95.00 per person. Saturday 22nd November 2014 Saturday 6th December 2014 Saturday 17th January 2015 Saturday 31st January 2015 Email ironart@ironart.co.uk or call us on 01225 311 273 to book your place. Please note that these are on a first-come, first served basis and payment is required in full to secure your place. (p.s. We can make suggestions for accommodation locally if needed.) Please note that space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment! Feedback from previous one-day forging workshops …. “The things to make were interesting, and the different techniques fun to learn. The level and pace of the training was excellent, and it was great that we could each proceed at our own speed.” “I had a fantastic time, and achieved so much more than I expected to. I really want to do another course with you guys: that heart shaped hook is next on my list!” “Just to say I really enjoyed it. Our teacher was really patient and hit the right level of help/letting us get on with it. The day made me appreciate the skill involved. Would recommend the course.” “Well organised, good fun and good bacon butties!” “Andy and I thoroughly enjoyed the day at Ironart. Martin provided great instruction and within no time at all we had made several test pieces with scrolls and twists.” * Terms and Conditions of booking:

  • Amendments to bookings may be made up to 14 days prior to the date of the class. If you find you are unable to attend a class less than 14 days before the date of your workshop we regret that the course fees will only be refunded if we are able to fill your place. These rules apply equally to gift voucher bookings.
  • If through unavoidable circumstances Ironart Ltd has to cancel a workshop, all course fees will be refunded in full or if you wish, transferred to another course. We regret that we cannot refund any other costs you may have incurred in advance, such as travel and accommodation.
  • Ironart Ltd cannot accept liability for any loss, injury or damage to course participants or their property. Copies of Ironart Ltd Public Liability Insurance certificate are available on request.
  • Whilst the dates & prices for the courses are correct at the time of going to press, Ironart Ltd reserves the right to make alterations to dates, times, course content & prices.

Team day trip to Wolverhampton!

On Thursday the entire team downed tools and headed off on a sunny day trip to Wolverhampton! Andy wanted to introduce the Ironart team to some of our suppliers, to give everyone an insight into different aspects of the architectural metalwork “supply chain” and how it all works.

First we visited Legg Brothers steel rolling mill and soaked up the atmosphere inside their vast workshop. An awe-inspiring series of complex industrial machinery and some seriously heavy-duty manpower in full rhythmical production. It was an impressive sight.

Next we headed over to the fascinating Aladdin’s cave that is Barr and Grosvenor casting foundry on Jenner Street, where we met with Dominic and Lynn Grosvenor and their team for a full tour of their casting workshop. Dominic is a passionate advocate of traditional casting techniques and it was an absolute pleasure to meet him and a real treat to see his team of craftsmen at work in this unique environment. They kindly topped off our visit with a delicious lunch for which we were really grateful.

Finally our day ended with a whistle-stop tour of Edward Howell Galvanizing plant in Wolverhampton courtesy of Jim Lindsay and Kevin Addiss, where we all gazed in wonder at their enormous warehouses full of acid dip-baths and vats of hot moulten zinc. They were hard at work dipping rack upon rack of metal palisade fence posts…we’ll never look at palisade fencing again without remembering this experience!

Thank you so much to our generous hosts for giving up their time and energy to enlighten us, we absolutely loved it!

 

 

 

Come and have a go! Blacksmithing workshops at Ironart of Bath

Have you ever wanted to have a go at making something in a forge? Well…. now is your chance!

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The Ironart team are running one-day ‘Introduction to Blacksmithing’ courses here in our Larkhall workshop on the outskirts of beautiful Georgian Bath. These one-day courses are aimed at the complete beginner and will be tutored by two of Ironart’s experienced artist blacksmiths Jason Balchin and Martin Smith. Choose from a selection of items to make and take home. We’ll supply you with all safety equipment, tools and materials, a steady flow of tea and coffee, and hot bacon sandwiches to keep you going!

The following one-day courses run from 8am – 2pm and cost £80 per person. Please note that space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment!

Saturday 12th July – fully booked
Saturday 19th July – fully booked
Saturday 26th July

Email ironart@ironart.co.uk or call us on 01225 311 273 to book your place.  (p.s. We can make suggestions for accommodation locally if needed.)

OPEN DAY Sat 3rd May 10am – 3pm

The Ironart workshops will be open on Saturday 3rd May from 10am – 3pm as part of the Larkhall Open Studios 2014. We’d love to welcome you, and show you what goes on behind the workshop doors down here in Larkhall. No need to book in and admission will be on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please be aware that the site is unsuitable for wheelchair users and children under the age of 12.  All best wishes, the team at Ironart of Bath. 01225 311 273

 

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Open workshops – Sat 3rd May 2014

If you’ve ever walked along Upper Lambridge Street and wondered what goes on behind the workshop doors at Ironart, now is your chance to find out!  For the first time since we revamped the workshop we are opening our doors and welcoming the general public  to take a tour around the business and meet our talented team during the Larkhall Festival in May

We are taking part in the Larkhall Open Studios event which is a thriving annual artists trail in this part of Bath. The workshops will be open for a period on Saturday 3rd May 2014. We’ll post more details about this event nearer the time, sign up to our newsletter or keep an eye on our blog to make sure you don’t miss it.

Larkhall Open Studios 2014 Ironart Open Workshop 2013 (1)

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