From the Forge – News Archive

Richard Fishenden
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

Juliet Fishenden
honey finial_13990

The inspiration for the honey dipper…

Honey spoon in honey

Richard Fishenden

brochure picture

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.

Richard Fishenden

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.

bespoke bracket

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!

Richard Fishenden
Made by the Forge - new brand

We are proud to announce our new identity, Made by the Forge (you previously knew us as Kitchen Irons). As a valued subscriber to our blog we are happy to offer you 10% off* all our products; including our latest addition, beautifully hand forged handles. Each one is totally unique so you can achieve an elegant new look without the expense of a new kitchen.

*10% discount on all purchases to existing customers and subscribers during May 2012. Use discount code MBTF04 at the online checkout.
Richard Fishenden

Last week a good friend asked me to make them something to hang their hand towel off in their small downstairs cloakroom. This is what I came up with.


If you have found your way to our website and are thinking about ordering a product then perhaps you might like to know a little more about what goes on here at Kitchen Irons.

My name is Richard Fishenden and I am a qualified Farrier and skilled Blacksmith. We have been in business for over 12 years. We still shoe horses on a daily basis as part of our business and still use the traditional methods for forging pieces of iron work.

In order to heat up the iron to a forging heat we generally use a gas forge now rather than a coal/coke forge simply because it is quicker and a more consistant heat. We still hand forge all of our products with a large hammer, tongs and a huge anvil. This is fairly unique because most other companies selling ironwork today will buy their stock from China or Europe. Look closely at the images of our ironwork and then compare them to the rest available and you will see that ours are really ‘handmade’.

As we hand forge all of our products to order we can offer you a very personal service. We can make bespoke sizes that are not available off the peg. Please email or phone me if you have something in mind.


- Richard Fishenden
Richard Fishenden
Which do you like best?

I thought it would be an idea to explain the difference in finishes between a beeswax finish and matt black paint.

Beeswax is a natural wax that is applied to the metal as soon as it is forged, while it is still hot. Once cool, it gives the metal a protective coating yet has no colour. The result is a piece of ironwork with a ‘sheen’. It allows the natural colour and grain of the metal to stand out.

Great for the purists who want their metal to look as natural as possible.

It does have a slightly tacky feel when it is new. It will wear away in places after a while allowing possible moisture to oxidize the metal. Some people like this as the metal will age and change colour over time.

Matt black is an all over paint. It is a consistent finish that will wear better than the beeswax and not change in colour over time. It can be wiped clean and made to look new again with some graphite paste. It is more suited in a damp area.

You will loose some of the natural beauty of the steel with matt black but it does have its own appeal and looks great in almost any area.

The photo above is of a piece of iron I finished in beeswax(bottom) and matt black(top). See which one you like best!