From the Forge – News Archive

Richard Fishenden
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

Richard Fishenden
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.

Chris in forge2

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.

www.chriseckersley.co.uk

 

Richard Fishenden
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.

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

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. http://www.madebytheforge.co.uk/downloads/brochure.html

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.