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Juliet Fishenden
Juliet Fishenden

Here, you’ll find a news feed straight from the forge posted by myself, Juliet, Richard’s wife and business partner. Richard and I love beautiful, hand crafted objects so design is a hugely important aspect of our company. We’re thrilled to be working with a variety of British designers such as Anthony Dickens and Chris Eckersley. It’s here you’ll find updated product information as well as personal observations about Richard’s craft.

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Made by the Forge make stunning wrought iron bay and circular window curtain poles. They are handmade to your individual window measurements to ensure an exact fit. These rails are slightly difficult to measure up for and install so we have produced visual guides to help you. The diagrams on our Bay Window Curtain Pole pages are simple to follow and we provide labelled boxes for you to add in your window measurements. Then our online instant price calculator totals together all your chosen components to give you an overall price. We hope this is an easy, convenient way to shop.

Made by the Forge have also available a Measuring up and Installing a Curved Bay curtain pole videos.

‘I have passed your contact details to my curtain shop – they were incredibly impressed. Especially by the passing rings which work brilliantly”
Elise, November 2018

Bay windows are such a beautiful addition to any room. Having a handmade pole, made especially for your unique window is really what your window would ask for if given a voice!

Hopefully, with the aid of the diagrams, videos and pricing calculator you will find that a handcrafted, blacksmith made to measure pole for your window is an affordable luxury.

 

 

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Do you still have important stuff in boxes in a corner somewhere? Are there piles of papers and books still looking for a home? What about all those family photographs you’d like to display? A little while ago, we introduced the Forge Shelf Brackets, no nonsense, heavy-duty brackets that can take the heavy loads. They have been very popular. They were designed for the person who already has a wooden shelf for which they need made-to-measure brackets.

However, it followed that some customers might like the simplicity of buying the entire shelf in one go. So we sourced a sustainable wood supplier and can now offer two sizes of shelf (large or small). The wooden shelf itself is sturdy ash finished with a clear wood wax and together with those extra strong brackets, the large or small Forge Shelf Kit makes an ideal package to help you sort your life out. If it’s cluttering up floor space, shelve it!

The Forge Shelf Kit

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The most influential design magazine on the market today is  The World of Interiors. This 400 page glossy monthly is a treasure trove of originality, the traditional, the cutting edge and hugely desirable interior design. Glancing through its pages is window shopping at its most sophisticated.

Where better then to showcase Made by the Forge’s most eye-catching and unique light, the Farrier’s Cage Six Circle Globe Chandelier. Designed by Anthony Dickens, this stunning luminaire is eye-catching in the extreme, the forged ironwork being both contemporary and traditional, handcrafted using time-honoured blacksmith skills. If any of Made by the Forge products deserve such a prestigious showcase, it’s the Globe Chandelier. Going up in the world…

 

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Here at Made by the Forge, we pride ourselves on the excellence of our handcrafted products so it makes perfect sense to use video to show our customers the best way to get our curtain poles and shelving up to make your windows and walls stand out. Once again we invited filmmaker Alan Miller to shoot and produce our videos. He has over thirty-five years of experience in the film and television industry and it’s great to have the benefit of his knowledge.

We put aside half a day to shoot three videos. Any one who’s been involved with these sorts of projects knows that it’s never as easy as the finished video appears. It helps enormously that Richard is very relaxed on camera, a one-take wonder even. Alan is a one-man production outfit but he’s not gifted as a hair and make up artist, so you’re getting Richard as Richard, no frills. He’s always ready for his close up.

The three videos are straightforward enough. How to (1) Put Up A Curtain Pole, (2) Put Up A Recess Pole and (3) Put Up A Made by the Forge Shelf. We hope you find them useful. How To videos online can be enormously helpful and even encourage you to do the work yourself. We hope ours are short, to the point and informative.

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Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the lighter evenings and to choose carefully considered pieces for your own space outside. Al fresco social occasions always need a focal point, a literal campfire around which to gather for warmth and the promise of a well-branded steak and sausage, real or vegetarian.

Made by the Forge has the perfect fire pits for any occasion. First is the top of the line model with an astonishing capacity of sixty sausages… The Entertainer, with a massive diameter of 75cm, is the roaring heavyweight of our fire pit range. It’s also a thing of beauty on its much more than sturdy stands. There are two height options available depending on the outdoor space in which you entertain. This colossus throws out winter-warming temperatures as well as providing a whole dinner party’s outdoor cooking needs.

If you don’t need to feed the masses and if you want a more portable choice to accompany you on camping adventures, then look no further than The Glamper. This more portable option has a diameter of 50cm but it’s no less fierce as a heat provider. Like its big brother, it has a choice of two heights depending on how you like to cook and warm yourself at home with the family or while under the stars.

Both fire pits show off Made by the Forge’s rigorous attention to detail and unmatched craftsmanship. Make this summer one to remember.

The heat is on.

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At Made by the Forge, we make the finest ironwork known to humanity! As proof, we can now offer you a small pocket sized booklet to peruse and use for inspiration for your home or interior project. It features all our fabulous ironwork plus our new 25mm metal poles, new finials and a contemporary burnished wax finish. We have a downloadable version or we can send you a printed copy, whatever is the most convenient for you.

Shopping with us is easy and if you have any questions, we are always at the end of the phone or email.

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Handcrafted, stylish and strong are some of the words describing the fabulous shelf brackets we are making here at Made by the Forge. Recently we received an email, from a high-end interior designer, with the opening line;

“I need to order some more of these wonderful brackets!”

Praise indeed and we’ve had countless interior enthusiasts raving about them. They are incredibly versatile and can be used with any wood of your choice. At present, we don’t supply the actual shelves but after encouraging feedback, we’re making enquiries into providing the wood along with the shelf brackets.

These hand-forged, dark iron brackets have been successfully situated in both modern rustic interior spaces and contemporary ones to great effect. A customer kindly sent an image of her newly installed shelf brackets. They are particularly stunning because of the creative backlighting in her kitchen, a great idea.

The image below shows how our customer Emma furnished her glamping pod with a shelf under the TV so the handsets were all tidily off the floor.

“I’m really pleased with your lovely ironwork, and it’s made all the difference in terms of the finishing touches to both my own property over the years, and now to my newly completed glamping pod – The Owlery. Everyone is extremely complimentary. Thanks again for providing such an excellent service.”
Best wishes
Emma
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So deciding to put up one or more handy wall shelves is easy with our made to measure brackets. You choose the width of shelf for your needs and we make the brackets just for you. The raw metal is finished in a natural, locally sourced beeswax which gives the iron a beautiful sheen. The brackets can also be finished in a matt black paint according to your needs.

“I have just ordered 6 brackets for my newly decorated office space and am so looking forward to getting the contents of my office out of the boxes and up off the floor. I am the sort of person who likes to be able to see where things are so they are easily found!”

Ordering with us is easy. We have experts at the end of the telephone or an email whichever you choose.

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As a manufacturer of designer, lighting, Made by the Forge acknowledges trends in the interiors industry. The word ‘trendy’ is sometimes used derogatively as much as it is simply describing something of current popularity. Trendy is by definition impermanent, fleeting and in some fashion, the very opposite of the hot forged, designer lighting which we guarantee will last a lifetime. But given that, it is very satisfying to find out that the Farrier’s Cage Five Bar Long, designed by Anthony Dickens is, ‘trending’!

In this month’s issue of Homes and Gardens, there’s a long feature on Kitchen Trends for 2018. Kitchens have always been the home’s beating heart, warm and inviting, a place to socialise, a place to create. Well, nothing says contemporary like the Farrier’s Cage Five Bar Long and there it is, front and centre on pages 148 and 149 of the quality interiors magazine. To see the full article click the link here.

The overarching trend, the general theme of the article states that “This season’s sharpest kitchens are going incognito – the latest schemes seamlessly blend functionality with the look of a contemporary living space.” This says to me that the kitchen has become just as important as any other room in the house on which to stamp a personalised statement. With its right foot in the traditional blacksmith past and its left on the cutting edge, The Farrier’s Cage Five Bar Long is perfect for such a space. Long may it trend!

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We are very pleased to announce that we have recently received a grant from the New Anglia Growth Hub, working with Suffolk County Council, to help towards the purchase of a number of new tools for our forge including the Airbench, an environmentally friendly dust and fume extractor. Our commitment to always supply the best wrought iron products will now become slightly easier with these new strings to our bow.

Just before an exciting new launch coming this Spring 2018, Richard explained, “Our passion for quality is our inspiration to craft products that will last a lifetime, products that will add real character to your home. Having these new tools will help us to grow as a team and, with any luck, will lead to new employment in the forge in the near future.” He continued, “I would especially like to thank William Millar from the New Anglia Growth Hub and Caroline Mowle from Suffolk County Council for helping with the forms – it made the paperwork so much easier!”

In the words of the New Anglia Growth Hub website, they offer: “Free support for growing businesses… and New Anglia Growth Hub can help your business access a range of business support services from hundreds of sources. The hub’s service is FREE and IMPARTIAL and can help you access grants, finance, start-up support, international trade support and other specialist advice from a single point of contact.”

The New Anglia Growth Hub can be contacted by following the link below: https://www.newangliagrowthhub.co.uk

 Image below of a red hot Ram’s Horn finial about to be hammered to perfection.

 

 

 

Juliet Fishenden

All of us in the U.K. have lived with wrought iron for most of our lives. It’s found everywhere. Ancient ironwork smashed into pleasing shapes, structures and intricate patterns is still with us, the march of time barely giving it a second glance. Wrought iron opens our beer bottles, clads our ships and provides France with her most enduring icon.

The industrial revolution may have turned our heads towards the new mechanical means of production but handmade, handcrafted ironwork still holds an incomparable allure. In fact, in the 21st century, wrought ironwork and its blacksmiths have returned with some vigour as the desire for material permanence has trumped the built in obsolescence of the poorly made product.

Frame grab from Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clarke © Channel Four Television

The last commercial wrought ironworks factory closed in 1974 but despite this, the skill of ‘working’ iron (‘wrought’ is an archaic form of ‘worked’) is still with us and the products highly prized and appreciated for their quality. From the beauty of the Farrier’s Cage Five Bar Long to the humble handle, iron still just works.