Ideal Christmas Gift for the Music Lover in your Life!

Treble Clef Score Bath IRON

Another Christmas gift idea comes in the form of these beautiful hand-forged treble clefs – perfect for the budding musician or music lover on your list. They would also make a completely original Christmas tree decoration.

Even better, by purchasing one you will help the NHIG to stage a unique event in the centre of Bath which will run from 14th-17th June next year, celebrating heritage skills, promoting the care of historic ironwork and championing the work of the artist blacksmiths who are the custodians of these vital traditional skills.

They were made during a forge-in at Ironart by volunteers who are passionate about their craft and keen to support the BathIRON initiative.  So if you want join them in supporting this important grass-roots celebration of our shared heritage, buy a treble clef and help make it happen! 

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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

Your invitation to Ironart this weekend

We are hosting two open days this coming bank holiday weekend here at Ironart and would love to see you.

Larkhall Open Studios 2015

On Saturday 2nd May from 10am – 3pm our workshops will be open as part of the Larkhall Festival weekend. 

Larkhall Open Studios 2015

We’re taking part in the Larkhall Open studios arts trail – an intriguing walking trail featuring the workshops and studios of 18 artists and groups in this area, please follow this link for a map of the trail. It’s completely free and we would love to see you.

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Ironwork – Open day and lecture

Then on Tuesday 5th May  we are opening the workshop doors for an educational event, Andy Thearle (owner of Ironart) will be giving a short, informative lecture entitled: “An introduction to Conservation, Care and Repair of Historic Ironwork.”  

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This event is also also free*, but booking is essential as space is limited in the workshop. There are two sessions. Choose from 10am- 12 noon or from 2pm-4pm. There is currently some space left in both sessions so please let us know if you’d like to come along. Call 01225 311273 or email ironart@ironart.co.uk

 

 

*(We’d like to encourage those who attend to make a £15 donation to our nominated charity-  the National Heritage Ironwork Group and can provide you with details about how to make a donation)

 

Historic Ironwork – open workshops & lecture

We are hosting an 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 friends and colleagues, we look forward to meeting you.

Ironart CPD Event 5th May 2015

Ironart CPD Event 5th May 2015

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!