Contemporary forgework – The Poppy Panel, Clevedon

An album of images showing a lovely forged ‘Poppy Panel’ made earlier this year by the Ironart team.  This short section of decorative balustrading was inspired by Ironart’s impressive Meadow Gate project. It was designed to provide a division of space and focal point in a private courtyard garden in Clevedon (between Bristol and Weston Super Mare.)

This panel incorporates forged poppies, scrollwork, grasses, leaves and decorative fauna and was really fun to make. For more info on the Meadow gate which was the starting point for this design, follow this link. To talk to us about commissioning contemporary forged ironwork for your own home or garden please call Andy on 01225 311 273

Pretty porch in Westcombe, Somerset

This lovely porch for a house in Westcombe, Somerset was recreated using reclaimed sections of wrought iron with cast iron detailing. The porch was finished with a new lead roof by local lead-working firm Galena. Galena have a high level of expertise and come highly recommended by all of us here at Ironart of Bath – these guys don’t have a website but are at: 14 Bakers Corner, Neston, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 9SY 01225 811816. If you have a similar project in mind, we’d love to help so please get in touch.

St James’s Square balcony restoration

Martin restored two really pretty Georgian balconettes a few weeks ago. These balconettes were situated on the back of a house in St James’s Square in the centre of Bath. I’ve posted the full project on our website – CLICK for a link to take you to that area of our site. We’ve also made a short film showing Martin in action lead casting in the Ironart workshops – so if you’d like to see how it was done… CLICK to take a look.

If you have a similar restoration project in mind and would like some advice, please pick up the phone and get in touch: 01225 311273

One-day blacksmithing courses at Ironart

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

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 28th June – fully booked!
Saturday 12th July
Saturday 19th July
Saturday 26th July

We are sorry to say that due to boring insurance restrictions you will need to be aged 18+

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

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Masterclass with Dom, James and Ted

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.

Link to the Ironart Youtube channel

Link to the Ironart Youtube channel

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Cecilie Robinson fire welding

NADFAS intern Cecilie Robinson has been fire welding this week, we’ve taken a video, which is unedited to show the full process. Cecilie was working with genuine puddled wrought iron, extending some lovely old railings on Walcot Street, Bath. The railings had been damaged by a fallen tree in the recent storms.

Follow THIS LINK to take you to Youtube

Youtube clip of Cecilie Firewelding at Ironart

Youtube clip of Cecilie Firewelding at Ironart