Gateway to the Chateau D’Oiron…final installation!

Over the last few months we’ve been blogging about the 16th Century gates we were commissioned to make for a Wiltshire residence. Now into the final stages, the gates and overthrow have been beautifully brought to life in a mid Brunswick green and are looking pretty impressive!

Due to their size, the gates themselves were painted at the Somerset Lavender Farm in Faulkland – thank you to Judith and Francis for allowing us the use of their barn to do this!

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Halfway through the painting!

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Painted scrollwork detail close up

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Dean hand-painting the ornate Overthrow scrollwork in Ironart’s paint shop

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Painted overthrow

 

Final fit was then scheduled for the end of March – a pretty momentous time for the team involved! Over a tonne of traditionally crafted, beautifully ornate mild steel was now ready for installation. Transported to Wiltshire by trailer, the team – along the gates and overthrow- undertook the final installation very much along the lines of the trial fit back a few months earlier.

Larger scale lifting machinery was needed this time and the fit itself went very smoothly, the trial fit having helped smooth out any potential problems. Installation took the full day and once in, the client as well as interested local residents were highly impressed! The gates looked wonderful in their setting, perfectly in proportion to the surrounding stonework of the property.

Jason Balchin who worked on the gates said:

“The gates have been such a fantastic opportunity to utilise our traditional craft skills; it’s true that due to the size of the gates some aspects of the job were at times quite challenging, especially in handling and working on such massive steel sections! But we all agree that the finished item is something to feel very proud of and we’d love to get our teeth into more jobs like this one.”

A brilliant commission and a beautiful job well done!

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Finished scrollwork in mid Brunswick green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The finished overthrow in place

 

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The beautiful gates at their new home

 

It’s garden furniture season here at Ironart…

After a beautiful weekend of sunshine here in the West Country it’s no surprise that orders for our hand made wrought  iron garden furniture and structures are starting to flood in. The Ironart team have been beavering away in the workshop these past few weeks making garden benches, chairs, tables, rose arches, pergolas, braziers and fruit cages galore.

We have been making garden furniture and structures for many years now, and have developed a collection of best-selling classic designs with timeless appeal. All our garden furniture and structures are galvanized to give them years and years of enjoyment. They are then painted here in our workshop in the colour of your choice. As ever the Ironart Lansdown benches are proving a real hit with clients and magazine editors – they are super comfortable with a laid-back seating style.

We don’t have a showroom but we usually have a small selection of our furniture here in the yard in Larkhall on the edge of Bath. If you’d like to come and take a look please get in touch before you set off to come and visit.

 

In the workshop today…6th June 2013

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Just snapped some pics of the guys at work… Jim has just finished making this really pretty French-style day bed for a local family who wanted something a bit different for their daughters bedroom. The bed will eventually have a painted finish. Dom is making up a lovely spear-finial garden gate and Dean is making […]