Frequently Asked Questions
How do I receive a quotation for a bespoke piece?
Each job is individual so please contact us for a quotation. Click here for our contact information Please be as accurate as possible in your description of your requirements. If you need advice, or if you are unsure about what you require, please contact us, we will be pleased to help you.
Do you deliver?
Yes, we do offer a delivery service. We can deliver anywhere in the world. Please contact us for more information.
What materials and finishes do you work with?
We work in mild steel, bronze, brass, wrought and cast iron, stainless steel, lead and copper. Our finishes include paint, powder coating, acid etching, polishing and galvanising.
Do you offer a fitting service for my project?
Yes, we do offer a complete installation service, please state this in your enquiry and we can include this in your quotation.
How long before you can start on my project?
It depends on the job specification and what your project entails.
Do you have a showroom?
As most of our bespoke and restoration work are one off projects, we do not have any examples at our workshop. Some of these pieces are shown on our website in our Portfolio Section. We can make anything to your specification so if you do not see an example of what you are looking for please contact us for an individual quotation.
Wrought iron or Mild Steel?
“Wrought iron” does not mean ornamental ironwork! Wrought iron is actually a material, not a descriptive term for items made in iron. Wrought iron is the forgeable ferrous material made until about the mid-twentieth century that has been replaced by modern mild steel. It was originally called “wrought” (“worked”) to distinguish it from cast, or poured iron, because its manufacture required extensive forming under power hammers and through rollers. It is characterised by its composite nature: it is fibrous, like wood, though you cannot tell that by looking at it unless it has been broken or badly corroded. The fibrous material is iron silicate, intimately mingled with the iron, and it gives wrought iron a combination of resistance to corrosion, plasticity when hot and tensile strength when cold that are generally greater than in mild steel. The carbon content is typically very low and the old iron welds beautifully with just incandescent heat and the hammer. It was expensive to make, and it did not lend itself well to high-speed production processes. But some smiths still seek out scrap wrought iron, or buy reprocessed wrought iron, because they prefer it to mild steel and restoration projects demand like for like materials are used. (see our technical sections for further help with materials)
When the public talks about wrought iron, they could be referring to one of three things – actual wrought iron, hand forged items, or the “look” of wrought iron. Our challenge is to determine what you the customer actually wants.
Is my ironwork made in genuine wrought iron, mild steel or pure iron?
We are often asked how can we tell – to the naked eye there is no visible difference between forged bars of wrought iron & mild steel (its modern day equivalent) or pure iron. However wrought iron is not distinguished by its looks but by its working properties and its resistance to corrosion. Wrought iron is softer to forge, as it is workable at a higher heat than mild steel making it more ‘malleable’ under the hammer. It is wrought iron’s superior weathering properties that are most notable. Wrought iron is known for its durability. Just look at the amount of wrought iron in heritage sites and buildings that are over 300 years old.
In answer to the question – if you can see mechanical welds on the outside of a product then it’s very likely to be made in mild steel. In the words of a blacksmith, “You wouldn’t buy a piece of wooden furniture with the glue on the outside of the joints would you?” If no welds can be seen then further tests would need to be carried out to determine the material used.
The work is well underway and already has uncovered plenty of interesting details, - makers marks, various repairs made in bronze as well as wartime bomb shrapnel damage that can clearly be seen in some … READ MORE