Ironart are featured in Gardens Illustrated magazine this month. The magazine’s July issue which went on sale last Friday – includes a design sourcebook editorial page on “Fruit cages: made-t0-measure garden solutions to protect your fruit and vegetables”. The editors picked up on a gothic fruit and vegetable cage we made for talented Garden Designer Marion Mako, which graces a beautiful garden near Colerne on the edge of Bath. Here’s a link to that particular gothic bespoke fruit cage on our website. If you grow fruit and vegetables, have a problem with birds and would like an elegant solution to the problem.. please get in touch.
On Friday the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain bike race kicked off in Bath. As many of you will know (the Wiggo sideburns are a dead giveaway) cycling is something that is very close to Andy’s heart – so no prizes for guessing who took full advantage of this wonderful photo opportunity!
Ironart’s Sun Flower was perfectly positioned as a backdrop as the peloton raced along Great Pulteney Street, zoomed past the sculpture on the Bathwick Hill roundabout, then headed off along Pulteney Road and out of Bath towards Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge. It was over in a flash, but it was a very beautiful moment.
Garden antiques expert James Rylands writes in detail about Coalbrookdale garden furniture in the July/August issue of Antique Collecting magazine – an interesting article that’s well worth a read if you can lay your hands on a copy. The magazine is published by the Antique Collector’s Club www.antique-collecting.co.uk 01394 389 950 We were approached by the magazine to offer advice on the restoration of Coalbrookdale furniture and Ironart’s Martin Smith is quoted in the article. James Rylands been involved in antiques from 1979 when he joined Sotheby’s. In 1986 he set up the Garden Statuary department in Sothebys Sussex. He is the co-author of a book on garden ornaments and the founder of Summers Place Auctions in West Sussex, which specialises in garden statuary.
For more information on the restoration of antique cast iron furniture, please take a look at the Restoration area on our website, where you’ll find a portfolio of commissions. If you have any questions or want some advice about restoration, please get in touch.
Andy and the team were up at the crack of dawn on Saturday 14th June to set up the spectacular ‘Sun Flower’ sculpture on the roundabout at the bottom of Bathwick Hill in the centre of Bath. The pictures we’ve blogged below tell the story of the sculpture installation. This is the culmination of months of hard work and preparation and we are all incredibly excited about it. We have been working closely with Bath and North East Somerset Council Parks & Grounds department to ensure this exciting new 4.7m high structure is on display for the 50th Anniversary of ‘Britain in Bloom’ in July. Striking pieces of public art always ignite a public reaction and with any luck this will get everyone talking…which is exactly the response we want. Join the debate on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @Ironart_of_Bath
The Sun Flower was conceived by Andy and hand made by the team here in Larkhall. Informed by his love of the natural world, geometry, and engineering, the design continues his exploration of forms and processes used in his everyday work as an architectural ironworker. “I had a completely open brief for this sculpture which wasn’t conceived as a literal manifestation of a sun flower but as an ‘’homage to the sun’, that universal force radiating its energy to us all. It represents life and growth, the fire we work with, an opportunity to fuse traditional skills with contemporary design”(Andy Thearle, Ironart of Bath)
Please spread the word……It’s FOR SALE! It’s anticipated that it will be in situ for 12 months. Ironart and BathNES Council are looking for a company or individual to secure it for the future within the City. The sculpture carries a price tag of £20,000 + vat, but is offered at £15,000 + vat by Ironart to secure it as a piece of public art for the city. Interested parties should contact the Ironart team on 01225 311 273.
More (really techie) information about the Sun Flower sculpture!
The Ironart Sun Flower stands 4.7m high x 4.5m at its widest point and weighs approximately 750kg. It was made in mild steel which has been galvanized. It stems from a 450mm base which is attached to 1800kg of underground ballast to stop it keeling over! The supporting legs are 70 x 20m rectangular sections which were cold rolled with ends that were tapered and scrolled in the forge. The legs are secured to the foundation metalwork by 2 no. M16 bolts per leg. The flame details are a combination of 50 x 10mm and 50 x 20mm sections which have been cold rolled then hand-shaped, with hot forged ends. The petals are constructed from 34mm heavy wall tube which were rolled, mitred and welded. Leg/flower connections have been made with 50 x 13mm metal collars with 3 no. M10 bolt fixings. Absolutely everything was done in the Ironart Larkhall workshop by our skilled team of artist blacksmiths with the exception of the cold rolled 70 x 20mm legs which we outsourced due to their size.
The legs are finished in a combination of Bronze Green and metallic paints from the Ardenbrite range. The stripes are in Light gold and Copper. The flower petals in Green Gold, the flames in Sovereign Gold.
The tricky installation was carried out by a team of five people, using a purpose-built 4.5m high gantry bolted to the foundations, with a block and tackle combined with good old fashioned man power and ingenuity!
Eagle-eyed locals may have spotted us in the Bath Chronicle this week. We’re looking for a company or individual who would like a 12 month high profile branding opportunity and the chance to own this elegant sculpture. The ‘Sun Flower’ was designed by Ironart’s Andy Thearle and will be on display on the Bathwick Hill roundabout right in the centre of Bath from June 2014. The beautiful, dramatic structure is 4m high and 4m wide, and will be planted up by the Council’s Parks & Green spaces department in time for the Britain in Bloom judging in July. Bathwick Hill is on the main arterial trunk road around the centre of town. If you’re interested in discussing this project with us, please get in touch with Alice or Andy here at Ironart on 01225 311 273.
Ironart featured in the press this week when this pair of handsome lanterns were unveiled by the Bishop of Taunton, Peter Maurice, at Christ Church on Julian Road in Bath. Now Bath and The Bath Chronicle both picked up on the story because, once stripped of their paint, the lanterns were found to be peppered with bullet holes!
The team at Ironart had been commissioned by the trustees of Christ Church to restore the lanterns earlier in 2013 thanks to a generous legacy left by a Christ Church parishioner. The lanterns are of painted copper construction with traditionally made wrought iron brackets. Martin Smith who is head of restoration here at Ironart describes their style as ‘high gothic’ and dates them somewhere between 1860 – 1880. They were originally gas lanterns, and almost certainly base mounted, they had been modified from their use elsewhere to grace the front of the church. One of the lanterns has a series of bullet holes which could not have happened while they were hanging at the church due to their location on the copper crown – nobody seems to know where they came from! The ornate wrought iron brackets with which they were mounted had also been adapted, Martin believes they may have originally formed part of an overthrow-type structure. The only other similar gas lanterns Martin has seen were in Westminster, London.
Martin worked on the full restoration of these historic lanterns with National Heritage Ironwork (NHIG) student Paul Ashmore who was on a placement at Ironart for several months over the summer. Paul and Martin paintstakingly disassembled the lanterns and made a full assessment on it’s condition and the method of repair, before restoring them to their former glory. Please follow THIS LINK to a full gallery of images of this restoration project.
If you have any questions about this or other similar projects, or have a lantern yourself and would like to discuss it’s repair – please get in touch.
We were included in a feature in Period Living this month all about Garden furniture. We are listed on the fab website Made By Hands of Great Britain, which is well worth a look as it champions British makers that you won’t find on the high street. CLICK for a link to their site.
Douglas Kent who is Technical and Research Director at SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) also wrote an article in the same issue entitled “Ironwork. Repair or replace?” which is well worth a read.
We were very fortunate to be featured in Gardens Illustrated current issue (June 2013) in a piece of editorial entitled ‘9 of the best metal benches’.
Thank you to the team at Gardens Illustrated magazine for giving us the thumbs up – we really appreciate it!
Alice was interviewed on the BBC Radio Bristol drivetime show yesterday, hosted by Geoff Twentyman. The interview was about the problems that small to medium sized businesses face when they consider recruiting an apprentice. Here at Ironart we had to do a lot of research into each of the local colleges, what course they offer, what apprenticeship packages they offered, and what their expectations were from us as a business before we could even start to think about who we would take on.
Radstock College have joined forces with Bath college to try and make the process simpler, thereby encouraging more businesses and opening up more opportunities for apprentices in BANES. It’s a great initiative and we’re right behind them.
You can listen again by clicking on the image below or following this link. Go to 1. 24.25 if you don’t want to trawl your way through the whole show!
For more information on apprenticeships, please contact Becca Thurston at Norton Radstock College – firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re delighted to be featured in Folio Magazine this month. Folio focus on Ironart’s wrought iron garden furniture range which can be purchased directly from us via the Ironart website. If you are looking for garden braziers, benches, chairs and tables for your patio or garden this summer, don’t forget to take a look at our collection. Every piece is handmade here in our workshops in Larkhall, Bath and galvanized to ensure a lifetime of enjoyment. We finish all our items in a choice of paint colours, please see our BUYERS GUIDE for more details. Enjoy the summer!