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Richard Fishenden
Richard Fishenden

Farriery was my first love. Horse shoeing is a wonderful skill and something that I still do every week. It also gave me the skills that I needed to serve my new clients at Made by the Forge. I believe in a good old fashioned service where the customer is the number 1 asset.

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images-1Planting potatoes in pots or bags is our tip of the day and something we are going to do before February is out.

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We saw this great advice on making a small window look its best – simple but it works! Same size of window but look how much grander the one on the right seems!
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Made by the Forge have updated their online brochure which is available to view online or print for you to browse at your leisure. It showcases all our curtain rails and associated products. http://www.madebytheforge.co.uk/downloads/brochure.html

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Well we have made it into the New Year. Made by the Forge’s New Years resolutions are displayed on our noticeboard in our kitchen for all to see and for us to do!

We are also thrilled to be supporting the Suffolk Wildlife Trust in their plight to save and protect the Dormouse.  Made by the Forge’s tree quota for 2012 is helping to plant 1000m of hedgerow to re-establish critical habitat for this tiny weeny mouse. We will be keeping in touch with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust to see if we can help out again next year in the Spring which is the ideal time to plant trees.

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1. Tie backs ALLWe are delighted to have updated our website with some beautiful photographs taken by the local professional photographer Bruce Head. We gave Bruce the task of show casing our curtain poles and finials so that our pictures show the detail and quality of our products. He has been so clever with his lense that we feel you can virtually picture the product in front of your eyes in real life. Take a look for yourself. www.madebytheforge.co.uk

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We are delighted to say that the majority of the hundreds of trees we planted early on this year 2012 are looking very healthy and strong. We pledge that every product sold has one tree planted to offset CO2 and to give a little back to our wonderful environment.

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Our products are made to last a life time. One of our clients who has an old barn has a huge 5 metre window opening. In their case one of the middle brackets needed to be a lot longer than the standard bracket. We at Made by the Forge were able to make this special bespoke bracket for this particular space.

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Another client has recently relocated. They took their curtain poles with them to their new house. Made by the Forge is in the process of customising their existing curtain poles for their new windows. It feels good not to throw products away just because they are not quite right. Here we can make them a perfect fit for any space and our client says they look as good as the day she bought them.

Richard Fishenden
Richard Fishenden

Most of our ironwork is finished in the traditional way.  While the metal is still hot we seal it with a natural beeswax. This gives the iron a beautiful finish. We sourced this particular beeswax from near Needham Market about 4 miles from home. The bee keeper has over 15 hives and this must have taken many bees many hours. It is estimated that bees collectively fly 150,000 miles roughly 6 times around the earth to yield one pound of beeswax. This block is over 3 lbs which would mean 450,000 bee miles. Busy bees!

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Janet our fabric product designer has just finished working on these attractive door stops. She has been truly economical with the remnants of our bespoke hessian sacks she uses when making our fabulous notice boards. Not wanting to waste any of the wonderful old sack cloth Janet has created these useful door stops ideal for any home. We are proud that our products are handmade in the UK and they will shortly be available to buy on our website.