We’ve just forge fabricated and installed these railings in the village of Icklesham. Built to replace a timber fence between two properties, these railings had to sit upon and in-between an existing low wall. They also had to match a piece of decorative iron work the customer used as a screen at the front of the property. After test fitting they were shot blasted, zinc sprayed and powder coated before being finally fitted.
George Street Wave Railings
We’ve just installed these awesome flow themed railings in Hastings Old Town, just feet away from the beautiful pedestrianised area of George Street. The brief was to produce something funky for the customer’s house, and he is really pleased with the result.
We’ve just test fitted this 8 metre stretch of water themed railings at a lovely property in Hastings Old Town. They are now off to the finishers to be shot blast, zinc sprayed and powder coated with a chrome looking finish.
Many of the railings to be found in seaside resorts like Brighton were removed in the 2nd World War when they were melted down to make planes for the RAF. But on this job they it was the salty air that had destroyed the railings and gate at this period property. This month I’ve removed the rusty old railings at this property in Brighton and replaced them completely with a brand new solid gate and finial topped railings that match the original deign required for this listed property. The zinc spray and modern powder coating means the owner will never have to worry about corrosion.
The challenge I took on with this pair of new gates was both practical and artistic. The client wanted something artistic that would also serve as a functional barrier to shut out the outside world. These new gates, with barely a foot of straight steel within them look quite striking outside our forge on the Rye Road just outside Hastings. They are finished with a matt grey powder coating and fitted and incorporate a traditional gate journal and pivot within a very contemporary gate design.
I don’t often work with sheet metal as it’s more of a tinsmith’s job, but when I was asked if I could cover the concave roof of this elliptical pergola in Hastings I couldn’t resist the challenge. I’m as pleased with the result as the client.
It’s great to work with craftsmen that use other materials. So I was really happy when I was asked to make some curved hinges for these amazing and very heavy oak gates recently. The design required traditional hinges that couldn’t just bear the weight but match the beautiful steamed and curved oak woodwork.
It’s an honour to have made something to compliment someone elses craftsmanship.
Sandown Schools newly forged symbol of learning
There’s nothing I love better than a public art commission, because it gives me an opportunity to do work that’s artistic and create work that’s seen by thousands of people. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been forging this life size tree for Sandown Primary School in Hastings. It now sits pride of place at the entrance to the school and the school has now redesigned all their uniforms to embrace include an image of the tree.
The forged tree before it was shot blast, zinc sprayed and powder coated
I’ve just finished this pond cover for a client in an Edwardian house in Hastings. They wanted something that water lilies could grow through but also stop people falling into a hole in their garden. Some water twists, concentric circles, a few leaves and a beautiful azure blue finish has done the job.
One of the greatest properties of steel, it’s amazing plastic ability to form to any shape, is often missing from much of the metalwork you see in public. So when the good people at the Creative Foundation asked me to come with some ideas to protect a curved bay shop front on Folkestone I jumped at the chance. It was a challenge to make and fit these railings without them touching the ground, but also an opportunity to show what metal can do.
These railings are based upon the theme of disturbed water, because the building is at the confluence of two streams now hidden beneath the roads where the Wedge divides the flow of traffic. The upright bars fixed into the granite blocks under the windows are huge water twists which blacksmith’s would usually use on pokers.
With a white powder coat finish the result is a creative response to a technical challenge, right at the heart of Folkestone’s creative quarter,