From the Forge – News Archive

Juliet Fishenden

SOLID FIELD MAPLE CHOPPING BOARD This medium sized board is ideal for preparing food and good enough to eat off. It is easily moved around, washed or hung up with the handy iron handle. It makes an impressive centre piece on any table. We only have a few left so if you would like one they are easily ordered online here. Now £20.

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The unique, up-cycled, notice boards are now on sale as we only have a few remaining. We have been unable to find any more vintage sacks so these wonderful boards are being discontinued. The plain notice boards are reduced to £25 each and the printed boards are £30 each.


We are also offering our Suffolk made door stops for a reduced price of £10. They are hand stitched and finished with a forged iron ring. They are weighted suitable to hold back a heavy cottage door.

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Made by the Forge has decided to offer a new, speedy curtain pole pack for anyone who wants a curtain pole or poles in a hurry. Coming soon we will be able to offer an Express Delivery Service so you can have your pole within 48 hours; allowing you to be creative and dress your windows quickly for when the Queen decides to visit at short notice!

The plan is to have a variety of standard lengths of poles, made, finished, with all the necessary brackets and rings, wrapped and ready to go. We will be offering our most popular Cannon Ball and Button finials. We felt it important that the iron quality is exactly the same as our bespoke made to measure service and you have the choice of both the matt black or beeswax finish. Below shows a cannon ball being hammer finished in the traditional way.

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The Button finial works well in a small space but also offers a smart, understated end to any pole in any location.

Meanwhile if you need your poles in a hurry please do call Richard 07787 542860.  We will always do our very best to get your order made up and couriered to you as fast as possible.

Button finial on slate


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Last weekend designers Gareth Neal and William Warren joined us in the forge, busy creating and developing their lighting designs for the Forge Project. It was good fun seeing the concept sketches come to life in the forge. There was certainly an abundance of ideas and creativity was flowing!

William and Richard working together in the forge.


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Oak Block Finial Display

Made by the Forge has just released a  ‘swanky’ new oak block to display finials. Designed by Chris Eckersely and made by us, it is a great coffee table display which interior designers and curtain makers can use. It is also very practical to carry out to home visits for clients.

Using our 20mm curtain pole as the carry handle, it doubles up by showing a potential purchaser how the finials join the curtain pole and exactly how wide the pole is. The finials are joined using a grub screw which is tightened so the ends don’t fall off and they are all interchangeable.


Just brilliantly original.

See the full range of finials on our website

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Chris in the Forge

We met Chris Eckersley last year 2013 and were immediately impressed with his credentials. Chris is passionate about design and we are thrilled to be working with him on a number of projects including our lighting range. Chris has journeyed to Suffolk twice now and is close to completing  one of his designs that he has designed and hand forged and which will be revealed at London Design Week this September 2014.

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Chris has been constantly at the top with his designs especially his Tromé Bench. ‘The Trombé bench was shortlisted for the 2002 Homes and Gardens / V&A Classic Design Awards, and at the glittering ceremony at the V&A won two of the three awards, including The Prince’s Medal, presented by Prince Charles.

Chris and Prince Charles

We have taken Chris’s words from his website to give a complete picture of how diverse and interesting he is.

‘Originally I studied Sculpture and then on graduating set up a little design-and-make furniture workshop. After a few years this grew like Topsy and I ended up with nearly a dozen employees. We made one-off pieces, fitted furniture, and large architectural cabinets for a company in New York.
In my spare time I made abstract sculpture.

Later I did an MA in Design Studies at Central Saint Martins, where I became a Visiting Tutor. By this time I’d built up a network of cabinetmakers and small manufacturers for whom I worked as a freelance designer. This freed me up to be able to spend more time developing new art and design work, which I exhibited widely – and still do.

More recently, after temporarily moving to deepest Herefordshire, I went ‘bodging’ (or greenwood chair-making) which led on toBodging Milano and many other craft-based projects and fruitful collaborations with other designers.

I’ve lived in various parts of the country, from Cornwall to North Yorkshire, but home is beloved Birmingham.’

To see more about Chris and view his designs here is a link to his website.


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Richard at work in the Forge

We would like to say a very big thank you to all our followers for their support and comments. The nights are drawing out and it feels a perfect time to be thinking of updating and improving ones home. We are always thrilled to discuss any projects anyone has and are always keen to help if we can. We have officially opened for business today. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Hessian Notice board - 1956!

We have 2 unique printed notice boards left. An opportunity for someone who has an affinity with this particular year.

1956 printed notice board

1956 printed notice board

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The inspiration for the honey dipper…

Honey spoon in honey

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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.

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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.