Traditionally trained blacksmith with 40 years in the craft ,I specialise in Georgian / period/ Victoria Railings and Gates, restoration is my specialty.i repair cast ironwork.i restore great peaces of national heritage ,forging new pieces ,I also carry out one off commission pieces to you spec ,on site welding repairs , qualified in arc ,Tig ,mig, cast welding,brazing etc .I am time served having served 7 years apprenticeship in the railroad in Dublin Ireland.willing to relocate to UK of the right opportunity arises,but can carry out work in the UK.
I use a variety of sheet metals, hand formed and tempered, the metal is sculpted to create individual bespoke pieces which are inspired by nature and representational in design.
My metal working skills have developed over a lifetime of working both as a welder and panelbeater, in a variety of roles.
I have created a large portfolio of work both domestic and architectural all of which are available to view on my website: http://www.nigelwills.com
I am represented in Cornwall by several discerning galleries but I am interested in extending my client base into fulfilling more private commissions, working closely with individual clients to design and create spectacular personalised pieces.
Located where BABA was founded in 1978, Fire and Iron is a major gallery and workshop specialising in forged ironwork and associated metal crafts. Representing more than 100 leading British and international blacksmiths, jewellers and other artists using metal as their chosen medium, Fire and Iron was founded in the early 1980s in response to the global resurgence of interest in forged iron as a creative medium. Owned and run by Lucy Quinnell, who grew up in a blacksmithing family and is the current editor of Artist Blacksmith magazine, Fire and Iron encourages high standards in art metalworking and attracts buyers and commissioners from all over the world. Lucy is married to blacksmith Adam Boydell, and together they design and create public artworks and private commissions. The couple also works in collaboration with other blacksmiths on some Fire and Iron commissions. Lucy won a gold medal for her first RHS garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2008, and since then she has worked on five more RHS gardens. She lectures on the subject of blacksmithing, and has been featured talking about the subject on Woman’s Hour, the Craft Show, British Lifestyles (Japan), Blue Peter, Britain’s Best Home and Carlton Country.
West Country Blacksmiths are an award winning bespoke metalwork specialists offering a complete premium metalwork service from their forge on the edge of Exmoor in Somerset.
A really uniquely talented group of award winning craftsmen based on Exmoor in Somerset, producing exceptionally high quality metalwork both locally and nationally.
The team boasts uniquely talented craftsmen, whose skills are second to none. Harnessing the vision, skills and experience of class leading blacksmiths alongside talented engineers, metalworkers, coded welding experts and designers allows West Country Blacksmiths to offer a complete premium service, including a bespoke CAD design service.
Using a mixture of traditional crafts skills and creativity with modern design and manufacturing techniques to produce metalwork with limitless potential. These skills allow the team to work on both new and restoration projects working with all forms of metal, including wrought iron, cast iron, mild steel, stainless steel, bronze, brass, aluminium and cor-ten.
We work with private individuals, other metalwork companies, contractors, designers, architects, local authorities and other organisations both locally and nationally. We are pleased to welcome new enquiries and offer our artistic and engineering skills and experience to prospective projects.
We pride ourselves on offering the very best personal service from start to finish, utilising over 100 years of experience within our team.
West Country Blacksmiths
West Country Blacksmiths offer a complete premium metalwork service from their National Trust Forge on the edge of Exmoor in Somerset, working both locally across Somerset and Devon, whilst also working throughout the Country.
West Country Blacksmiths harness the skills of a team of uniquely talented craftsman, who’s skills are second to none working at incredible levels by harnessing vision, skills and experience of top blacksmiths, alongside some of the most talented engineers, metalworkers, coded welding experts and designers to allow the team to offer a unique service including a bespoke design service, undertaken by our team of highly experience and skilled tradesman, working alongside specialist skilled designers to offer both a 2D and 3D design service.
Unlike many others, the skills our team process allows us to work with all forms of metal on both new and restoration of metalwork projects including wrought iron, mild steel, cast iron, stainless steel, bronze, brass, aluminium and corten.
We work with private individuals, other metalwork companies, contractors, designers, architects, local authorities and other organisations both locally and nationally, and we are always pleased to welcome new enquiries, and offer our artistic and engineering skills and experience to prospective projects.
To find out more please visit http://www.westcountryblacksmiths.co.uk
Lucille Scott is an artist blacksmith who uses modern and traditional techniques to make hand forged metal items inspired by nature and her love of dance and music. For Lucille the appeal of working with steel lies in the traditional role of blacksmiths, the permanence of their work and passing on this tradition to all around her.
With 25 years experience of teaching practical subjects Lucille opens her forge on a regular basis to students and those who just want a days experience as well as running short courses in local schools.
Lucille’s work is mainly aimed at at the domestic market, she exhibits in local galleries as well as working to commission.
Photographs kindly supplied by Retina Photography.
Blacksmiths Marks and stamps, all British Made either your artwork or designed for you, either hand struk or machined to fit your press
Shown are a small sample of work offered, please call me to discuss your requirments
Ian first started blacksmithing having decided that office work wasn’t necessarily for him.
Starting work with a local blacksmiths firm in April 2008, by the end of the first day Ian was hooked. He promptly signed up to the blacksmith course at Warwickshire College where he spent 2 years training with Michelle Parker to obtain his National Certificate in Blacksmithing.
In March 2011, Ian was awarded a journeymanship by the Princes Foundation for Building Community. This gave him the opportunity to work with a number of well renowned blacksmiths throughout the country, providing Ian with invaluable experience.
Upon completing his studies in 2012, Ian returned to the Dorset-Wiltshire borders where he has joined Tony and Paul Sparkes at their forge in the village of Berwick St John where he has completed a wide variety of commissions ranging from simple fire sets to complex sets of gates, railings and balconies.
The forge also offers a wide range of fabricational facilities for structural metalwork.
Ian’s personal interest lies in ancient metalwork and he has an ongoing commission from the Ancient Technology Centre to create replications of tools used in the Roman, Saxon, Viking and Medieval periods.
In 2013, Ian was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths for works done to date.
Jaz Asbury Metal Design is a company specialising in designing and making bespoke staircases, sculpture, furniture, lighting, general and architectural fittings such as bridges, gates and railings. Customers include interior designers, architects and private clients prepared to look for the very best in contemporary metalwork. Twenty years of traditional blacksmithing skills, modern welding and fabrication techniques and highly original design combine to create “wow factor” work of the very highest standards. Every piece of work is unique.
Jaz has been working as a bespoke designer/maker since 1995. His work has been made for exclusive hotels, restaurants, bars and private clients within the U.K., Europe and The Emirates. Working to deadlines is common and every job has been on time.
Please don’t let your imagination be limited by the photographs on this site. They are only a small taste of what is achievable. There is total flexibility when it comes to designing any type of project. Sometimes a design can be 100% by Jaz and others times by the client or anything in between. If you wish to enquire further please do not hesitate to contact us.
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.
Adam Varley….Born London 1969. Served a blacksmithing apprenticeship and then as a journey man working throughout the UK with many notable artist blacksmiths. Adam founded Ferro Design with designer Beau McClellan in 1994 forging many sculptural and architectural works in Portugal including large artistic installations. He also has had experience with production, working on events and film sets, also lighting, pyrotechnics and computer design. Most recently he has settled in La Creuse, France to set up his own workshop.
Nigel is an artist blacksmith working at Fransham Forge in Norfolk England.
Nigel’s enthusiasm and dedication to his craft is shown in the vast range of high quality metalwork which is undertaken at the forge. Nigel creates decorative and functional hand forged metalwork , including sculptures, architectural metalwork, ornate iron gates and traditional ironwork for historic buildings. Nigel and his team work regularly with English Heritage and the National Trust.
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’
Anvil Forge is a small family business offering design , manufacturing and installation of bespoke handcrafted metalwork.
The British Ironwork Centre is the country’s leading visitor destination for the finest handcrafted and decorative metalwork and so much more!
Set in 90 acres of beautiful, Shropshire countryside, the Centre truly has something for everyone:-
– huge, new showroom and outdoor show areas featuring an endless choice of structural and functional pieces for outdoor or indoor settings and perfect gifts for all of the family
– Shropshire Sculpture Park, boasting a wide variety of life-sized animal sculptures
– Ironbridge Museum of Steel Sculpture, including works of national importance from renowned sculptor, Roy Kitchen, and many more
– A range of interactive workshop days and experiences, enabling our visitors to meet or spend a day at work with our blacksmiths, silversmiths and sculptors and see traditional skills being kept alive
– The Forge Falconry – exhibitions and opportunities to spend time with our experienced falconers
Visit the Centre for the warmest of welcomes, a complimentary beverage and an unforgettable experience!