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Juliet Fishenden

There are few home chores more daunting than measuring up a bay window for bespoke curtain rails and brackets. Made by the Forge has produced a series of guides with simple step-by-step instructions for all manner of bays (with one bend, two, three, four, five and six and a curved one). With the larger bays, it’s advisable to get a friend to help with the measurements.

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We hope we’ve covered 99% of the bays out there but if you have a bay that fits snuggly inside that pesky outlying 1%, we can do it but we may need more information than specified in our guides. We suggest what you’re going to need to do the job and take you through the specific lengths to measure so we can calculate the rail length. Then there’s the choice of finial and the number of extra brackets you may need as well as curtain rings.

Once you’ve settled on your finish (beeswax or matt black), that’s all your practical work done. The rest is up to us. At Made by the Forge, bespoke curtain poles are our specialty and we hope that these new bay curtain pole-measuring guides will take all the confusion and guesswork out of the chore.

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As a small but dedicated-to-quality company, exposure in magazines and indeed any media is invaluable to us. Any opportunity to gain more publicity for the company increases our profile. It’s not all about business and sales though of course these are important. But mostly we care that as many people as possible be aware that these age-old traditional skills are still with us in our iPad, screen dominated world.

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In November 2015, Made by the Forge was graced with a company profile in the rather beautifully designed newspaper-like magazine Warehouse Home which you can see here, (first column, fifth box down). The magazine exploits the relatively new market of converting spaces usually associated with the storage of products into living areas. So it was thrilling to be back in Warehouse Home’s pages again.

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Beautiful photography and snappy prose are unified to give the reader a peek of that lifestyle experience that may only exist in a homes magazine but certainly seems more and more attainable. If that’s your goal, we can certainly help.

 

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Made by the Forge was delighted to be featured in Country Living magazine, November issue and as the December issue is now out we have added the full article below for anyone who missed it.

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We often turn to talent and craftsmanship in other disciplines to set off and compliment Made by the Forge’s products. For our new wrought iron standard lamps, designed by Chris Eckesley, we needed appropriate lampshades. When we saw the lovely work of Annette Rolston, we were compelled to collaborate with her and Mike Fenton to use their playful, artistic and distinctly British lampshades.

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Annette and Mike specialise in painting and printmaking and take their inspiration from where else but the East Anglian countryside. Mike’s expertise is in his depiction of animals in the tiniest detail and both are experts in the craft of linocutting, the intricate art of creating an image by cutting into lino and taking prints off it.

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Annette is drawn more to the abstract and creates patterned work though still based on nature’s varied landscapes especially trees and leaves. Sometimes her inspirations come from the cellular level where the abstract thrives in endless detail. The lamps and lampshades are available now (please email us for full pictures) and the relevant website pages will be up in the next week.

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On 27th October Richard and Anthony took an audience at Heal’s Westborne Grove through our story at Made by the Forge and their on going working relationship as blacksmith and designer. Richard spoke about his love of the forging process, forming wrought iron by hand and his respect to the generations of makers before him whose hammer marks are still evident on their products centuries later. Anthony spoke about his motivation behind creating simple and elegant wrought iron products that feature details unique to the forging process and are inspired by living and reflecting a contemporary world.

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Our thanks to the staff at Heal’s for making it such a friendly and rewarding experience.

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Made by the Forge’s relationship with Heal’s started with the renowned London chain taking on our designer lighting collection for sale in their Tottenham Court Road store. Designer Anthony Dickens has reimagined and renamed the initial designs and added a new one to the collection and prices have been restructured.

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The Farrier’s Cage Globe Three Line now includes a wrought iron ceiling rose finished with beeswax. His Teardrop Six Ring design has been reconfigured. Anthony’s new design is a range of Beehive lights available in four configurations, Single, Three and Seven Hang and a Five Line.

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Heal’s followed the design process with some enthusiasm (the chain is well known for supporting British designers) and after the to and fro of meetings, prototypes, and tweaks, we settled on the beehive design which Heal’s was thrilled by.

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Our relationship took a further step forward by being invited to showcase the new lighting collection at the Festival of Light running now until November 12th. If you’re passing Heal’s at Tottenham Court Road, pop in and have a look. The Launch Party was on the 20th October and both Richard and I represented Made by the Forge together with the extremely tall Anthony Dickens.

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Both Richard and Anthony have been invited to talk at Heal’s at Westbourne Grove, in celebration of the store’s 1st birthday on 27th October. For details of this free event (with bubbly and birthday cake), sign up on line:

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Some of our clients send in images of their new ironwork and the image below is from a customer who wanted brackets for a wooden shelf he wanted to mount on the wall. His idea was simple and stylish and the handmade brackets bring a touch of individuality to his home with the added benefit of supporting us British Blacksmiths and helping keep our craft alive.

 

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The testimonials below are from two satisfied customers and an image showing how artisanal touches can add to any room making it feel and look special:

Dear Richard
Many thanks for the curtain pole. All safely received and “aesthetically’ mounted on the living room wall. Really nicely made and looks great.
Loved the clear instruction leaflet..
Regards
Mark

September 2016

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Morning Richard
Just to let you know that our order arrived yesterday, I am delighted with the curtain poles and ties backs.
The chap will fit them next week, and then the curtains soon after that.
Your company has been a pleasure to deal with, very approachable, reasonably priced, excellent service, and made in Great Britain which I am very passionate about.
I will have no hesitation in recommending you.
Many thanks and kind regards
Katrina

August 2016

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Made by the Forge make stunning bay window curtain poles from 20mm solid bar with beautiful handcrafted finials from our range.  A bay window can be a daunting task to undertake but we have made it as easy as we can for you to order because we provide a bay window measuring guide which is easy to follow. Once you provide us with the measurements we can check them with you before beginning the work. To complete the look we offer hand forged matching brackets and  curtain rings.

You will then receive a beautiful pole made specially for your window which you can then dress with the curtains of your choice.

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Made by the Forge believe in affordable quality and simple elegant designs. We believe in products that will last a lifetime and we make all of our wrought iron products to do so.

To calculate the price of your window pole please either send us an email for us to work out the price or call Richard.

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Sort the bathroom. Make kitchen mess look less. And give yourself a gift of a beautifully hand made rail which is made to last. Our solid, wrought iron items can help offer you a calm and clutter free space where everything has its place.

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Our kitchen pan and utensil racks add a unique feature to your kitchen. We offer two standard sizes and two styles; flat to the wall or round rails.
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We also offer a bespoke service – racks and rails made to measure specifically for your workspace. We can make any rail fit any space because we can also make you special brackets if you need them.
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If you have a project then do contact us by phone or email. We are always more than happy to discuss your requirements.
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Made by the Forge offers a personal and friendly service. All our pieces are
made to order and bespoke orders are welcomed. So when we had a call from Emma Jane we were able to help. She was looking for a special birthday present for her husband. She asked Richard (above) to make a fire-side set of tools with a basket twisted cage on the top. The present was very well received.
 “Fabulous success” Will loved the fact that it’s ‘properly’ made (and not from a factory in China)” Emma Jane. Photos to come.
Below shows the tools, on the forge floor, in the process of being made.
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 Buying handmade products supports local industry and  local people and we were all grateful that Emma Jane choose Made by the Forge.
“The price you pay for it is exactly what you see, there are no hidden costs. The revenue stays within the local economy; people are not out of work but working in a local business. We have just taken on a new blacksmith apprentice which is quite something in 2016. He is learning how to make “things” from metal, a skill that needs to carry on living, after all we have a fair history with the blacksmith and we feel this need preserving!” Richard Fishenden
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