Here are some good quality pictures of my recently installed staircase. The installation was an experience with twisted and bowed beams but well worth the headache.
The staircase is situated in an oast house. The design of the hop vine growing up the balustrades combines the contemporary feel of the refurbished building, while holding its roots in the buildings history of drying out hops for flavouring beer.
North London installion of an Art Nouveau railing for a private client. This was a lot of fun to make and a real test of patience and accuracy because so little was straight forwards. Just the way I like my work – a challenge!
It has been a real pleasure working on these gates, made from 4mm plate steel and held together with 280 rivets these gates have been oodles of fun. The client wanted a solid set of gates to hide the bin area out the back of the kitchen but wanted the longevity of a set of steel gates. Fully riveted and mortise and tenoned construction brings a lot of life to an otherwise simple and liner design. The devil is in the detail.
Fitted a hop vine balcony to a newly converted oast house. I love jobs like this where I can depict organic form in steel because it challenges people preconceptions of ironwork. There are also a few wraps on the outer extremities of the piece which can make the viewer question production stages which helps to draw the viewer in. This balcony spits down the centre to allow items to be moved out of the doors and is finished in un treated galvanising.
One Sculpture for the University of Kent campus in Canterbury. The initial design was founded by a university competition, i the had the joy of converting the C.A.D idea into a maquette as part of the pitch. This was then used to scale up all aspects of the final piece. Enjoy the time lapse video of the build.
One of my sample gates that can be seen in our gallery is this lovely little number, I wanted to make a gate for a competitive price but without any compromise to quality of craftsmanship. Here the detail is purely in the joinery and results in a clean and contemporary design.
Village signs for Staplecross and Cripps Corner installed last friday. The designs are based upon each villages history and local land marks. No compromise on construction here, mortis and tenon/ riveted construction with several forged infills.
Here the client's property is situated inside a local vineyard, so a stylised grape vine was a natural design step. All forged out with the gas forge and my Massey and then all fire-welded together this was a lot of fun to make!!!
Our new sample gate which has been exhibited at various shows and was the piece which attracted my client for the fitted Birmingham gates. Fully mortise and tenon and riveted assembly with bull rush and leaf finials which have been forged under the Massey.
A 3 metre diameter pond cover for a client in Guildford. The windblown leaves are a very effective way of filling space as well as adding movement and detail to a piece. The form is not too dissimilar to that of water going down a plug hole which is naturally appropriate.
A day of on site finishing of the installation of this lovely run of railing. Deliberately quite fine as per clients request with two clematis vines growing up and over the railing. Blue is not a common colour for railing but it works well in gardens as it mixes with the greens of summer, Oranges reds and yellows of Autumn and brings colour to the garden in winter. Loads of mortise and tending present here along with a TON of fire-welding.
During the winter I'm grateful for any time I spend inside a heated building while working. I don't think i could ask for better than a day fitting inside the Royal Tunbridge Wells Spa Hotel. The reception area was under refurbishment and the brief was essentially a traditional design with a hint of modern twist, the client is more than happy with the end result.
It was a long day when we fitted these gates., Starting on site at 5am to fit these gates at The Planters Garden Centre just outside Birmingham. Each gate weighs over a quarter of a ton so we had to use lifting machinery for the hanging of the gates. An organic design was the natural choice and I am really happy with the end result. Fully mortise and tenon and riveted assembly, loads of fun to make and loads of time on the power hammers.
We spent time in North London fitting this little beauty. An automatically closing security gate on a day care nursery painted at request in the company's logo colours. I wanted to capture the chaos associated with children being creative so the design is essentially a collage of their tools. crayons, pencils, scribbled lines, alphabetical cubes and paint. I'm really happy with how the latch and 3d tube of paint have turned out and think that the hot rivets really finish the piece off.
Made for a client in Sevenoaks, Kent was this pair of entrance gates, fully mortise and tenoned construction with forged scroll details and hot collar joinery to hold them in place. For belt and braces the piers where built around a large steel channel frame to keep everything in place over time.
Six hours in the van to deliver this but well worth it!!! It is safe to say I am chuffed to bits with this end product. Inspired by the surrounding heathland and history of the local area this Juliet balcony ticked all the boxes on the clients brief and has left one very happy customer. With mortise and tenon joints, rived construction, loads of time on my Massey and only a handful of discrete welds this has made one very happy smith.
This is a Juliet balcony fitted on a local oast house. I have used a hop vine as the main theme to link to the buildings history. The vine is one piece fully fire welded together which gives a natural flow from one part to the next.
A little something from early last week. A pair of fan trellises which will soon have apricot trees growing up them. Forged tapers from 40x10 flat drawn down under the power hammer to 16 round. All nicely riveted together for a bit of detail and that handy adjustment during manufacture.
I've always liked working on pieces that involve oak leaves and acorns, a simple design which works really well... and plenty of power hammer work!!! These decorative panels will be fitted to wooden curves top gates (see sketch). The acorns are particularly fun and are made by wrapping 40x20 flat bar around 20mm round bar and fire welding the two together under the Massey. Main stock used is 40x15 for the bulk of the piece.
I fitted these lovely pair of bulrush handrails just outside Tunbridge Wells. This is a really nice way of adding to a hand rail because the rushes are free standing which allows a lot of freedom when fitting and also helps the piece look more unique... and it means i get to play with my Massey power hammer.
Fitted this curved hand rail for a Tunbridge Wells client. The vertical tapers are drawn down from 40mm solid with a 25mm cross rail passing through hot punched holes as a key feature. The termination posts which scroll round and have been deliberately pushed out to mimic the scrolls found at the top of cello peg boxes. This feature was incorporated to reflect the clients passion for making and teaching the cello.
Handrail and side gate fitted in Wadhurst High Street in East Sussex. This lovely hand rail and side gate is nothing flash – just really nice, simple and traditional designs with traditional joinery to compliment the 17th century cottage.
Drove to Canterbury to deliver this fire basket, jumped up ends, tenoned heads and fire welded finials all brought together for this large basket. The subtle curve over the basket gives a softer aesthetic and compliments the dogs which are fire welded. Now to head back to the forge and crack on with the mammoth workload. I may take a small detour via the Thomas Becket pub opposite the cathedral for a well earned steak!
Install of a large curved fire hood for a clients inglenook which saw a few long days in the shop and a full working weekend to get it installed in time for christmas. Stainless steel fixings have been used throughout to ensure ease of access and maintenance.
I finally got round to giving my new sample gate a lick of paint, think its looking pretty smart. In the not too distant future i will be uploading a video of me making this gate in my forge, power hammers, fire welding and all!!!