blacksmith - wrought iron and ironwork - hot forged metal - gifts, gates
and railings - commissions
Kendrew is an apprentice trained blacksmith. Since setting
up his own workshop in 1988 he has made traditional and contemporary
ironwork to suit a variety of environments and all budgets.
work as a blacksmith is to forge hot metal. "To forge"
is to manipulate by hammering, squeezing, bending, twisting and
shaping hot metals. When hot (between cherry red and white) steel
becomes formable much like plasticine and the job of the blacksmith
is to take the raw material and make a functional item that works
and looks aesthetically pleasing.
Forging is an age old craft,
pottery may have took humans forward in cooking and storage but
it was the early blacksmiths who made the tools for construction
and agriculture. Every metal item throughout history was made by
blacksmiths - from the first axe to the first clock.
James's skill as a blacksmith
is well known and the BBC filmed James in the early 90's as part
of the documentary The Birth of Europe. Dressed as a blacksmith
of the early 1700's and working at the Finch Foundry, an historic
foundry near Okehampton, James was filmed producing a hand tool
from start to finish.
in forging have not changed at the most basic hammer and anvil level
but design and customers ideas and the uses for metalwork make this
a very exciting time to be a blacksmith.
James in his work shows
off the skills involved in working hot metal, the shapes that can
be achieved are limitless and allied to this is the wonderful surface
texture of forged metal. James Kendrew is indeed very proud of his
place as a true craftsman in these modern times.
There are BLACKSMITHS
and blacksmiths. All our work is hot forged and we
pride ourselves on maintaining the highest standards this age old craft deserves.
When you buy from us you know you are buying the best in ironwork.
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including hooks and candlesticks, fire tools and grates, curtain poles, superb
gates and railing, traditional rural crafts, part of the Devon Guild Craftsmen.
All the ironwork is hot forged.