From the Forge – News Archive

Juliet Fishenden

The interior designers we work with have said that when dressing a window the whole space should be looked at very carefully to begin with. Accessories such as curtain hold backs and tie backs should not be overlooked because for most of the day your curtains will be pulled back. They control the curtain and give it a little extra glamour. We agree that these  little finishing touches make a room even more special. Our solid wrought iron hold backs have been designed to match our curtain pole finials.

hold back

Fabric or cord curtain tie backs are also very practical and stylish. We offer a very neat and discreet wrought iron tie back hook which works fabulously with a decorative cord.

Tie back on curtain

The right curtain hold backs can make a difference, giving your window treatment just a little more interest and style.

Juliet Fishenden

It was a lovely surprise to read about Made by the Forge in the latest Crafts magazine. It is always pleasing to be mentioned.

CRAFTS Nov14 1

CRAFTS Nov14 2

Juliet Fishenden

At Made by the Forge we pride ourselves in offering a proper, old fashioned customer service. We have many products available in a standard size and we also offer a custom made service if you need it.

Button blog6

For example with our curtain poles we are able to make brackets at any projection to suit your needs. This is particularly helpful in old houses when the walls are not straight!

This is what one of our customers thought of our service:

“Made by the Forge makes a terrific handmade ironwork product and provides impeccable service. Richard is always available to provide advice and is very responsive to particular requirements. We were doing a major refurbishment project in Central London where each window needed poles and fittings adapted to particular tight fits and cornice situations, as so often happens in old converted buildings. Richard responded by making special fittings and finials; always quickly, efficiently, and at very reasonable prices. Plus this ironwork looks great with sophisticated fabrics. It would be a pleasure to use Made by the Forge again.” A.C. Chelsea, London

Hot bracket

We are thrilled that AC is thrilled and look forward to seeing some photos.


Juliet Fishenden

Introducing myself Juliet, and Richard Fishenden. The faces behind Made by the Forge. Richard is a skilled farrier and blacksmith with over 20 years experience. I bring over 20 years of business experience and a passion for creative design.

Rich, Juliet and Dinky


We spent a day last week with Bruce Head, a professional photographer creating some brilliant shots for our launch at the design junction exhibition in London next week.
If you are in London between 18th-21st Sept and have some spare time do come to DesignJunction and visit our stand; we would love to meet you. Stand number B6 in the basement of The Old Sorting Office on New Oxford Street, Part of lightjunction.


Juliet Fishenden

We are delighted to be working alongside William Warren who has designed the Onion and Bi-Forged lamps for Made by the Forge. Richard and William worked together in the forge during the initial process.


William says: “It’s not easy to comprehend the malleable properties of hot metal when holding the cold finished artefact. In skilled hands like Richard’s, the metal can move dramatically.”


The Bi-Forged lamps have been made and are ready to photograph. (Watch this space)  They will be showcased at design junction in London on the 18th-21st September.

After a successful day a the Forge, Murphy, one of our forms of transport, took all the designers to the pub for a well earned beer!

WW&M pub




Juliet Fishenden

Here at Made by the Forge we are gearing up for exhibiting our new lighting collection at London design junction which starts on the 18th September. We have had many decisions to make and one of them has been regarding lamp shades. The photos are of shades that Chris Eckersley has designed specifically for his Highview lamps. We are not taking the wrapping paper off until the show!



Chris Eckersely has designed a stunning upright standard lamp and a curved reading light both which have lamp shades over the bulb. It was decided, after much discussion, to keep the lamp shades in a neutral colour so not to detract from the beauty of the solid iron structure he has developed. However, the beauty of covered lamp shades is that the shade can be custom made with any material, of any colour to suit anyones individual, personal style. Joanna Wallis who hand makes bespoke lamp shades offers the most beautiful options which are very dramatic depending upon your own decor.

Juliet Fishenden
Punching metal

Our new Made by the Forge lighting collection will be launched at the London Design Festival event.  Designjunction showcases the very best in furniture, lighting and product design from around the world, presenting world-class brands against stunning industrial backdrops so we are delighted to be involved.

Richard has been working hard in the forge putting the finishing touches to one of the lights in the new collection, The Bar Light designed by Gareth Neal. It all started with our lighting collaboration weekends where four acclaimed designers came to the forge to trial their concepts and learn about iron and the blacksmith craft. We love the combination of natural materials, traditional skills and contemporary design.
The results have been inspiring and we will have four final designs to showcase at the event and we are really looking forward to meeting with other retailers and designers.
Watch this space for more updates, or follow us on twitter or Facebook.
Drilling holes
Juliet Fishenden
Customers often ask us if our metal work is handcrafted so we thought we would show you an example. The iron bar is heated in the forge and crafted into shape on the anvil as shown below, the iron is hammered by hand to finish the point and finally polished with natural beeswax to bring out the beauty of the marks or a painted in traditional matt black.
Ram horn being made Rams horn Holdback
We also make these tie backs to match which add a practical, bold finishing touch to your windows. We recommend placing them two thirds down of the length of your curtains for full effect. If you have lighter weight curtains or prefer a simple tie back we also make hooks finished to match the ironwork.
Ramshorn main image


Juliet Fishenden

Iron Chair Components

We have a lovely table at home which we had made out of a Cedar tree that had fallen in the 1987 gales. Our friends were moving and they offered us the tree trunk which they needed to move from their field. Years later we now have a lovely Cedar table. One thing we have never got right is our chairs surrounding it. We have an eclectic range of all sorts, nothing matches and nothing quite works so we asked Chris Eckersley for his help. Chris to drew up  a metal chair that Richard could make but after much thought it was decided that a combination of metal and wood would be an interesting combination. He has designed a chair that we can have round our kitchen table but that can sit very well outside too. Richard has made up the metal components of the new chair and the wooden chair is being made by Dave Green a chair specialist in Coventry. We are looking forward to seeing the first prototype of the chair and the minute I can I will post a picture.

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.

board.door 1000


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.