Since becoming our Managing Director, Jerome Peycher has encouraged continued development of the services we offer together with an investment in the staff and their training. Jerome believes that “to produce the quality of work our customers expect requires the best craftsmen working with quality tools and equipment in the best possible environment”. With this in mind he has overseen a substantial investment in the workshop that is fully equipped with the specialist equipment needed by one of the leading companies for bespoke metalwork. We are now accredited as working to EN1090 standards which is not something many companies in our field can boast.
All our smiths have or are undertaking the blacksmithing or forge work courses at Hereford (often both), however there is still a large element of gaining on the job experience, particularly in the area of refurbishment which is not covered to any extent by current courses. Here at TOPP & Co, we are generally viewed as experts in this area and regularly receive requests from blacksmiths to spend time at our workshop to learn traditional techniques.
TOPP & Co. take one year secondments of metalworkers from the French Craftsman’s Guild ‘Compagnon Du Devoir’. The placements from the Compagnon are all experienced and highly skilled metalworkers before their placement with us, undertaking a seven year apprenticeship and they are generally either in their last year of training or have finished their apprenticeship and come here to learn traditional forge work skills which have been largely lost in France.
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