We’ve just produced a bespoke branding iron for a customer who makes rifle stocks. He asked for a really simple logo to be drawn out and laser cut – he brought the sketch in on a post it note so I could draw it on the computer there and then. Once the piece had been laser cut, I forged the handle from 8 mm round bar, with a long taper to weld to the back of the tiny laser cut brand. We tested it out on an offcut of timber we had in the workshop, see above! A personalised branding iron would make a fantastic & unique gift for a woodworker of any kind.
This week we’ve designed and made this hand forged poker from 12mm square bar. The customer’s initials are laser cut into an oval shaped handle; a great way of adding a personalised touch to a functional piece. The sharp, contemporary laser cut design contrasts, yet blends well with the traditional forged twist and drawn out end, and the black beeswax finish helps bring the two styles together. Will look great next to any log burner or fireplace and would make a fantastic personalised gift! Any design as long as it’s not too conmplex could be laser cut into the handle, whether that be a logo, an image, or letters as shown here. It is cut from 5 mm thick steel giving it a really chunky look and feel.
We made this set of hooks from a pair of broken garden shears. The blades are forged by hand each with a rats tail end and the blades welded together to keep them in position. Mounted flat against a wall or door, the wooden handles are also effective for hanging coats. Perfect for an allotment shed! We’ve produced several pairs as Christmas presents for friends and family this year, all of which have gone down very well. Just need to stockpile a few pairs of broken / blunt / never used shears and we can upload this product to the website so it’s available to purchase.
Candle holders made from reclaimed forks! I’ve made them in our forge, heating the prongs and twisting them around. As the metal is so thin it’s very easy to turn them into a sparkler by accident! As they are made by hand, each one is slightly different. The candle dish is TIG welded onto the fork, and the beeswax finish is applied while the piece is still hot. These can be purchased on the following link: https://www.blackfoxmetalcraft.co.uk/forge/fork-candle-holders.html
Here’s a few photos of a log basket we’ve made on the forge recently. We didn’t get round to making a jig for it, so all the curves are forged by hand over the anvil – getting all the curves the same was very difficult! There’s a rack for newspaper underneath the bit that holds the logs, and a hook either side for hanging fireside tools.
The customer sent us a couple of photos of log baskets she had found online, and asked us to come up with a design that combined aspects of both, including a laser cut Stag design at the bottom. We’ve used a black powder coat as the finish, rather than beeswax that we’d normally use on forged items, mainly because it will offer better protection if the logs are a little damp.
We were so pleased with the finished piece after all the work that had gone into it, as was the customer. She has sent us the photo above of it insitu and emailed to say ”This will be a treasured piece of furniture for us and deservingly after the craftsman ship used to make it. ”
A customer contacted us through the website after admiring some of our key hooks, and wondered if we could produce something similar for her to hang necklaces on. This piece is 20 cm across, and has 8 hooks. It was quite a fiddly job getting the welding torch in between the hooks, due to them being so close together. Really pleased with the end result though! These jewellery hooks could make use of any of our designs, though I think the intricate nature of this Art Nouveau one is perfect for hanging necklaces.
Today we have spent mostly packaging, which I’m glad to have out the way! Several weathervanes are going out with the courier this evening, including a bespoke Tank design, and my favourite one; a Stag & Deer design. Hopefully we’ll get some more photos sent in for our gallery..
A bespoke design that we managed to get delivered within two weeks of the customer first contacting us, we were pretty impressed with that! The weathervane was for a colleagues retirement present, and they wanted it ideally for her last day. The dogs shown on the design are a Flat coated Retriever, a Whippet, a Staffy and a Jack Russell. So it took a while working out the design in terms of making the dogs look like they were all walking together, fitting in as part of the same image. The customer originally asked for all the dogs to be on leads, but I think the leads would have either been too delicate, or we could have had to make them unrealistically chunky so they would be strong enough. And we’ve also produced these decorative hooks for the same customer.. would be perfect for hanging dogs leads.
Our first piece of chromed metalwork! The customer asked for this name as a piece of metal wall art, as shiny as possible, to be mounted indoors. I sent several options for fonts, and he chose this one. When it arrived in after laser cutting, Richard spent a couple of hours polishing the front of it, as chroming will show up the slightest imperfection in the steel underneath. Originally we planned to weld tabs onto the back for mounting to the wall, but realised that with such a delicate font, they would be visible. So we chose instead to use four little clear plastic ‘cup and peg locators’, one part of which is glued to the back of the piece, and the other sits in a small hole drilled in the wall.
A customer recently contacted us with photos of their Poodle, Stanley. I’ve used the photo to create these coat hooks, powder coated dove grey. As well as copying the dog from their photograph, I’ve tried to make the plants around him resemble the customer’s garden. This design could also work well as a house name plate or weathervane.