Historic Ironwork CPD event at Ironart

We hosted an Historic Ironwork CPD event on Tuesday 5th May here in Larkhall and were joined by 70 architects, surveyors, landscape designers and heritage professionals. The Ironart team fired up the forges and demonstrated leaf-making, firewelding techniques, finial making and scrollwork. Some of our blacksmiths were on hand to answer questions and talk about the traditional metalworking techniques that we specialise in here at Ironart, and the restoration projects we have enjoyed in recent years.

Andy gave a 45 minute talk entitled “An introduction to conservation, care and repair of historic ironwork” which (despite one minor technical hitch!) was well received by everyone who came along. A powerpoint copy of this talk is available, please contact us if you would like a link to the file, we are happy to share it.

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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!

 

 

 

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.”  

Ironart CPD Event 5th May 2015

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)

 

More dates for our blacksmithing workshops…

Due to popular demand we’ve posted some new dates for Saturday blacksmithing taster days here at Ironart in the late summer and autumn of 2015. (We have completely sold out of spaces through the Spring and early summer). These one-day workshops are aimed at complete beginners, they are always on Saturday mornings 8am – 2pm here in Larkhall on the edge of Bath and cost £95 per person. They are tutored by our experienced blacksmiths Jason Balchin or Martin Smith who will guide you through the basics of forging and give you the chance to make some bits and pieces to take home with you. Our workshops are open to anyone aged 16+ and make a unique and memorable birthday or Christmas present gift.  We’ll give you all the protective equipment you’ll need, a steady flow of tea and coffee and soft drinks, and hot bacon sandwiches (veggie option available!) to keep you going.

Blacksmithing workshop dates are:

Saturday 8th August
Saturday 15th August
Saturday 19th September
Saturday 26th September
Saturday 17th October
Saturday 24th October
Saturday 14th November
Saturday 21st November
Saturday 5th December
Saturday 12th December

Contact us on 01225 311273 to book in. We limit each workshop to just four people and they do tend to sell out quickly. To receive alerts about future workshop dates as we publish them, please subscribe to our monthly email newsletter.

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Ironart Forging workshops – Bath

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.

 

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!

 

 

 

One-day blacksmithing courses at Ironart

Cecilie forging

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 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.)

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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.

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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