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Juliet Fishenden

Historically Beeswax has been used for thousands of years and has been found in the tombs of ancient Egypt, wrecked Viking ships and Roman ruins.

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Beeswax is made by the worker bees by secreting wax from 8 special glands on the underside of their abdomens. The wax cools and solidifies and the bee collects the wax with her legs and manipulates and shapes it into the hexagon cells that make up the honeycomb. The beekeeper collects the honeycomb which then goes through a number of stages, honey extracted, comb heated, cooled and then moulded into the blocks we use.
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It is phenomenal natural miracle to imagine such a tiny animal can make such an amazing product which has a multitude of uses.Honey Bee

It was discovered to be one of the first plastics ever used and traditionally applied to protect wrought iron before modern paint was invented. It was found to have the best coating ability to preserve and protect the iron. It is still the best natural way of finishing iron because it covers the iron effortlessly with a shimmery film leaving the grain beautifully raw and intact.
Cannonball BW-1 Natural sheen – Cannon Ball curtain pole finished with beeswax

Juliet Fishenden

Heal’s supports British talent and craftsmanship with Made by the Forge
2015_03_24 Multi Cage 3 Above: Made by the Forge Farrier’s Cage pendant lights, exclusive to Heals, £750 each

Known for its long-standing commitment to supporting and nurturing British design talent, Heal’s is proud to be working with Suffolk-based ironwork forge, Made by the Forge for a new lighting collection created in collaboration with award-winning designer Anthony Dickens.

“We are very proud to deliver a range that pays tribute to the craft of blacksmithing in a modern and decorative way. Made by the Forge has successfully made Anthony’s designs come to life – each piece is both unique and inspirational,” says Melissa Muslin, Lighting Buyer at Heal’s.

Exclusive to Heal’s, Farrier’s Cage is a contemporary lighting range inspired by the quintessential British countryside and handmade in UK-sourced wrought iron using traditional rural skills. The iron is coated in natural beeswax – which is locally sourced from Suffolk bees – to reveal every hammer imprint below and to allow the metal to truly shine. All electrical components used are also sourced and produced in the UK.

2015_03_09 Farriers Cage Bar Five Long2Made by the Forge Farrier’s Cage metal bar with five long pendants, exclusive to Heal’s, £1850

Farrier’s Cage comprises an array of designs, from a single pendant light with decorative squirrel cage globe bulbs to a straight metal bar with teardrop pendant and suspended metal circle that hooks globe pendants. Each design is individually hammer crafted in Suffolk using centuries-old techniques, and hand finished to last a lifetime. To help promote sustainability, a tree is planted for each Farrier’s Cage sold.

Made by the Forge comments, “We wanted to create a range of beautiful, contemporary lights that strongly reflect the core values of what we do – simple, high-quality, honest, made to last and sustainable products.”

Anthony Dickens adds, “I wanted to celebrate the centuries-old tradition of blacksmithing, bring it up to date and make it relevant to a new audience. So we re-imagined an every day cage light by using design details and craft techniques unique to the forging process.”
Farrier’s Cage by Made by the Forge is available to buy exclusively at Heal’s as of July 2015. Prices start from £750.

2015_03_09 Farriers Cage Bar Three TeardropAbove: Made by the Forge Farrier’s Cage metal bar with three teardrop pendants, exclusive to Heal’s, £1200

2015_03_09 Farriers Cage Circle Six GlobeAbove: Made by the Forge Farrier’s Cage suspended metal circle with six globe pendants, exclusive to Heal’s, £2,400

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Heal’s has been designing, making and selling quality furniture for more than two centuries now, so it’s no surprise that it’s known as ‘the home of modern and contemporary designer furniture’. Starting out as bed-makers in 1810, and later embracing the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement, Heal’s has a long history of collaborating with prominent designers. It is as passionate today as it’s always been about introducing new ranges, discovering stars of the future and pushing the boundaries of outstanding contemporary design.

Juliet Fishenden

Spring has arrived and it is the time of year when freshening up ones home seems paramount. We feel it is time to get more sunlight into our home and give everything a good airing.

We are using our fabulous hand forged tie backs and hold backs, to give our rooms more light, they match our curtain pole finials. All hold backs or tie back hooks are matt black or traditional beeswax which gives a beautiful sheen to the ironwork. Hold backs are generally fitted approximately two thirds down the length of the curtain.
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Interior designers often use our tie back hooks when they are using decorative material tie backs which adds a finishing touch to a dressed window. (Shown in the photo below)
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Our Honey Dipper hold backs are unique and stylish.
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Juliet Fishenden

We have been looking into how we can show off our classic wrought iron curtain poles to their best advantage. There are so many ways to dress a window space we have decided to go for a contemporary, subtle material to achieve a distinctive, luxurious look.

If big bold patterns are not your thing and you are looking for a cool understated look in your interior then you can’t go wrong with a good quality fabric with an interesting texture or pattern. For simplicity I love the Ishida collection from Designers Guild which has a large colour palette and a variety of textures, from a tweedy chenille weave to one with a lustrous sheen.
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For something with a bit of fun there is a playful dotted design from Harlequin fabrics – Artisan Embroideries collection – Bobbin. Shown below in Toast/Linen and Eggshell but is also available in bright raspberry/lime and turquoise if you want to be bold, it would look great with strong paint colours! The artisan quality would go perfectly with our handmade iron curtain poles and a Cannon Ball or Button finial.
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Layering your window fabrics can work well, we can make special brackets and poles to hold a light sheer curtain behind your main curtains. Harlequin fabrics has a range called Momentum Sheers and Structures II – Noa in graphite is particularly striking.
https://www.harlequin.uk.com/shop/fabric/momentum-sheers-and-structures-ii/noa/?code=HMOH131503
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We are always pleased to see any photos of the fabrics you have used or are considering using. So please do share your images and thoughts.

Juliet Fishenden

This beautiful horse, Bruce, is huge, stunning and a softie.

His carer Marie says that Richard is married to Bruce and must always to continue to look after his feet!

Bruce always gives Richard a cuddle as if to say thank you.

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