Traditional British Blacksmithing

How blacksmithing started at the forge

Ian Ring, after his blacksmithing apprenticeship, started Newton Forge on his Uncle’s farm in the town of Sturminster Newton in Dorset in 1980.

From humble beginnings, the business grew and expanded to become one of the UK’s recognized specialist contractors for heritage restoration and traditional ironwork.

Whilst modern metal manufacturing techniques have their place, and indeed we utilize them when appropriate in our work, you cannot better the look and feel of a piece of work that is forged/wrought, jointed, and assembled by hand. We relish the opportunity to work on architectural metalwork projects where we can employ these time-honored methods using our team of Blacksmiths in the forge. If you are looking for an excellent traditional metal worker, look no further!

A large percentage of decorative metalwork in our towns and cities today is composed of components that are mass-produced, welded together, and passed off as ‘wrought iron’. When looking at a piece of ironwork there are certain features to look for that distinguish it as being traditionally made such as the method of jointing (tenon style, forge-welded, mechanically fixed), hand-formed repoussé decorations, collar and clips to fix decorative scrollwork, and the general appearance of the materials used.

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