Ironwork Archive

Juliet Fishenden

It’s always a great validation of our work at Made by the Forge (and to be honest, a great thrill) when one of our pieces gets media coverage. We’ve had our share of magazine exposure, and we’re very grateful for that publicity. But a few Wednesdays ago on Channel 4, we were lucky enough to have one of our leading lights featured in the clever and entertaining series Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clarke.

Frame grabs from Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clarke © Channel Four Television

 

Our Farrier’s Cage Five Bar Long luminaire, designed by Anthony Dickens, hung decorously from the ceiling of a converted St. John ambulance station of all things. The filmmakers really showed off the piece shooting it from lots of different angles and in its first prominent shot, the Five Bar Long fills the frame albeit showing only four of the five lights.

Frame grabs from Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clarke © Channel Four Television

 

It’s a very good feeling to have Made by the Forge associated with lifestyle programmes that point people at products that make for better interiors. The relevant episode, series two, episode two, is still viewable on the Channel 4 website until 24th November here:

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/ugly-house-to-lovely-house-with-george-clarke/on-demand/65271-002

If you’re not logged in to view Four On Demand, then that simple process takes a few seconds. Hope you enjoy it.

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In this modern, interconnected world of ‘Now!’ or even sooner, it pays to keep an eye on what the current groundswell of opinion is, what people are thinking and what’s trending. To us, a trend is an ephemeral thing, born fast and soon passed. But it pays to know what is currently of particular interest. Made by the Forge’s products have a timeless quality to them, built as they are to last a lifetime. Wrought ironwork has been taken up by contemporary consumers who recognise that authenticity and superior craft can bestow on – even the most humble product – a veneer of ‘cool’. Turning to a search engine of choice, I was surprised to see one aspect of ironwork poking its head above the parapet as a modern object of desire.

The definition of a balustrade is as follows; a railing supported by balusters, especially one forming an ornamental parapet to a balcony, bridge, or terrace. The elements of a balustrade are; the handrail and its parallel baserail; the spindles are the supporting rods attaching the rails and the extra supporting pillars are known as newel posts. To you and me, we call all that ‘a stair rail’.

Over the centuries, ironwork has been spectacularly wrought into ingenious designs (just visit Barcelona and let your eye wander up the frontage of buildings) and there doesn’t seem to be any limit on human imagination when it comes to decorative ironwork. At Made by the Forge, we favour simple lines and clean designs, an approach that has acquired the word ‘minimalist’. But whatever your preference, whatever your own unique design, we can make it a reality. Get creative!

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Kitchen specialists and furniture designers par excellence, Martin Moore, share our philosophy and love of traditional, British-made handcrafted products. Yorkshire based for 42 years, their superbly made and beautifully finished work speaks for itself. In the Supplement to this month’s House and Garden magazine, one of their bespoke kitchens is featured and it’s a real beauty.

Set in a former church hall with lighting issues and great length but not width, the kitchen designer had to overcome a few not insignificant, practical hurdles. With a fusion of contemporary and traditional styles, Toni Silver’s elegant, informal design makes it a tremendous space for people to gather and not just one in which to prepare food. Made by the Forge was commissioned to handcraft the pan rack, which is fixed to the large mirror. As Toni says, “…the mirror is antique. So fixing a rack to it took on a special care and importance!”

It’s good to know that our classic ironwork fits in so well with such a contemporary kitchen. Clichés are clichés for a reason but it really is true that classics never go out of style. It’s also very satisfying to contribute to such a project and an honour to be associated with such a fine company whose work echoes our own passions and goals. To see the House & Garden Kitchen & Bathroom supplement article, July 2017, click here.

 

 

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New Product Launch – The Forge Shelf Brackets

There is something extremely satisfying about robust, reliable shelving and a shelf’s best friend is what it’s supported by. Made by the Forge’s Forge Shelf Bracket is a product that conveys simplicity first and foremost. There is no tin it comes in but if it did, it does exactly what it says on it. It’s there to do a job, and once installed properly on a wall, it’ll take the heavy load.

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There are few homes in the land that could not use a little more shelving. These durable and extremely strong brackets are made of solid wrought iron and despite their rustic simplicity, they are rather attractive and come with a choice of black or natural beeswax finish. They are handcrafted in bespoke sizes to perfectly match your choice of shelving.

So why not let this sturdy support inspire you to action? Space may have been Captain Kirk’s final frontier but for the rest of us, it’s at a premium. So save time, save space and reclaim that floor area, maximise that wall space and put up that shelf.

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Prior to the industrial revolution, the humble blacksmith was installed at his forge in every country village throughout the land. His bread and butter trade was practical ironwork producing horse tack, farm tools and ploughs and in the less enlightened ages, swords and armour.

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People soon started to employ the local smithy to make decorative objects that would adorn any home, objects that would be passed down the generations. And where does a blacksmith derive his inspiration for such objects? Out of the window.

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Mother Nature features a near infinite range of shapes and forms but the most pleasing to the eye become the classics whose design weathers the years just like the iron they are made of. One such classic is the Ram’s Horn.

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The pleasing curves leading to the sharpened tip is one of Made by the Forge’s signature pieces and can be found as a curtain pole finial (above shown in beeswax), a curtain hold back (below shown in matt black finish).

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It is also the decorative centre to Chris Eckersley’s Standard Floor Lamp. It is extraordinary how a still powerful and classic design can be forged to compliment contemporary lighting and as a fusion of both past and present, it creates its own unique identity.

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As a small but dedicated-to-quality company, exposure in magazines and indeed any media is invaluable to us. Any opportunity to gain more publicity for the company increases our profile. It’s not all about business and sales though of course these are important. But mostly we care that as many people as possible be aware that these age-old traditional skills are still with us in our iPad, screen dominated world.

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In November 2015, Made by the Forge was graced with a company profile in the rather beautifully designed newspaper-like magazine Warehouse Home which you can see here, (first column, fifth box down). The magazine exploits the relatively new market of converting spaces usually associated with the storage of products into living areas. So it was thrilling to be back in Warehouse Home’s pages again.

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Beautiful photography and snappy prose are unified to give the reader a peek of that lifestyle experience that may only exist in a homes magazine but certainly seems more and more attainable. If that’s your goal, we can certainly help.

 

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We are forging ahead with new ideas for more wrought iron products which we will offer you in 2016. In the spring we will be meeting up with our collaboration partners Anthony Dickens, Gareth Neal, Chris Eckersley and William Warren to bring you the best of British design made by British blacksmiths.

Richard is looking forward to the festive holiday and seeing the new Star Wars movie!

Let the Forge be with you

If you have a project you would like us to quote for? We are always happy to help. If you have an idea, email a sketch and we can take a look and let you know if we can make it. Alternatively just call us on 01473 487118 to talk it through.

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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

Contact Details:

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.