I have over 30 years experience and in that time I have been lucky enough to have been involved with many wonderful jobs, I particulary enjoy design and build jobs, I sometimes collaborate with other artists and enjoy restoration work. I like to think that even small jobs benefit from my design input. Please check me out on http://WWW.petercrownshaw.co.uk .
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With the dynamism and enthusiasm of the younger generation, our master iron-smith first visited London from Umbria in Italy on vacation, but decided to stay, and then to brought to his new home, the skills and traditions of his great-grandfather, and has now finally taken the family business literally into his own hands, and has created his own workshop here under the brand name of Big Ferro.
Combining traditional blacksmithing techniques, modern technology and contemporary design, Charis creates unique works of art for a high end market. Enduring Elegance is the ethos behind all of her work which is both robust and surprisingly delicate.
Charis uses her love of stories and the natural world to inspire her work. Whether buying from her stunning range of ready made products or commissioning a personal work of art, she wants each customer to be delighted with their purchase. She especially enjoys the challenge and satisfaction gained by working with a client to produce a bespoke work of art especially for them. As she says, ‘I want to create a work of art for you that will make you smile each time you see it’
Design and creation of bespoke sculptural and architectural metalwork, staircase balustrade specialists.
Originally trading as blacksmiths and wheelwrights, the forge was founded in 1893 in the United Kingdom by Henry Hungerford Barrett and is still owned and operated by the Barrett family. The heart of the business is now in historic Hosmer, East of Fernie in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where a purpose built workshop has been established. Sandra’s husband David is a fifth generation blacksmith. They have two children and have all become Canadian Citizens.
Sandra attended the first one year women into technology metalcraft course at Swindon College and received a Blacksmithing National Diploma. Under the guidance of Paul Allen FWCB LWCB LCGI, Sandra was accepted as a New Entrants Training Scheme apprentice at the National School of Blacksmithing in Hereford, where she obtained a certificate of training by the Countryside Agency as well as a certificate of competence from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths. In 2003 Sandra Barrett became the first lady blacksmith in Britain to be awarded the Frank Day Perpetual Trophy by the Guild of Wrought Ironwork Craftsmen of Wessex. Over 10 years later Fernie Forge has opened a second location in Fernie BC, Canada, where Sandra’s forgework is currently exhibited and sold in the “Eye of the Needle” gallery, together with work by other blacksmiths and artisans.
Exquisite Architectural Metalwork
Creating fine architectural metalwork for some of the most prestigious properties in the world demands the finest craftsmanship executed with the best-equipped workshops in the UK. Our mission is to exceed customer expectations in everything we do through our knowledge, creativity and passion.
As leading authorities in the craft of blacksmithing we push the boundaries of innovation and we thrive on demanding creative and technical challenges. Retaining some of the most traditional skills and techniques we continue to develop and apply them to both traditional and contemporary environments. Our specialist division, ‘The Real Wrought Iron Company’, is the only supplier of genuine wrought iron in the world.
The Thirsty Bear Blacksmithing Company is an artistic metalworking studio using the ancient art of blacksmithing to create contemporary and traditional metalwork that blows people’s minds. It is run by artist blacksmith Jake Bowers. It’s called Thirsty Bear Blacksmithing Company because I work very hard, am partial to a berry or two and have a few cubs to feed.
Using a coke-fired forge, where steel bars are heated and then forged over an anvil, I can guarantee that all products have the individual touch of a craftsman. We’re big enough to cope with any job but small enough to guarantee the kind of attention to detail that you should expect from an expert craftman.
Jake graduated with a triple distinction Extended diploma in Blacksmithing and Metalwork from Plumpton College and trained as a silversmith at Helliden’s Folkhogskola in Sweden in 1998. He also holds a journeyman’s certificate from Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths founded in 1299.
On this website you’ll see galleries of my completed work and works in progress. I produce everything from traditional wrought iron gates in steel to jewellery in precious metals for a variety of public and private clients. I also use this website to share what we’re up to with our latest commissions with our customers.
The Thirsty Bear Forge has been a member of Checkatrade, Britain’s premier source of vetted, reputable tradespeople since July 2014, which means you can independently verify what previous customers have said about our work. It’s a hard won reputation I guard very passionately and think about every time I start a piece of work.
Felicity is based in East London. Her contemporary approach to Blacksmithing has lead her to create both functional domestic pieces to large scale sometimes mechanical sculpture.
Coming from an arts background she fell in love with metal working and studied at Hereford National School of Blacksmithing.
‘I love the fact you can manipulate metals into almost any form keeping their strength. It is such a hands on physical process in which you develop an intimate relationship with the piece you’re working on. I create organic flowing forms in my work which I like to interlace with an element of danger, taking inspiration from insects, plants, symmetry in nature and also more-man made forms such as parts of vehicles and machinery.’
Felicity works in iron, steel and copper creating both functional and sculptural pieces for the home, garden, for narrow boats and festivals.
The design process is highly important to her and she likes to work closely with clients to achieve what they desire, in terms of both aesthetics and function.
A metal sculptor using traditional blacksmithing techniques. Employing traditional and the modern.
Using a variety of metals in his work, copper, iron, steel, stainless steel, brass etc.
Repousse work (sheet metal shaping, forming, chasing).
Fabrication work, Some restoration work.
Modelling for foundry work. Some small scale casting.
Public demonstrations, small class teaching. Qualified for Adult teaching.
Enhanced DBS Checked
Traditionally trained Blacksmith with contemporary design.
Atkinson-art : Handmade Wrought Ironwork, Luxury Metal Art and Jewellery – Forged Steel, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Titanium – other metals worked include Iron, Aluminium, Copper, Brass, Stainless Steels, Carbon Steels – designed and handmade by Charles Atkinson from his traditional workshop set within the ancient lands of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, England, UK.