BESPOKE DESIGN

As an artist blacksmith I have learnt to design from all types of styles and visual sources, this enables me to design a unique piece to suit a clients taste, the location and the specifications.

Please contact Alex Smith on 07793679788 or e-mail- alex@chalkpitforge.co.uk for any inquiries.

The project below is a Public art project in Hunston, near Chichester, West Sussex.

After being approached by the council I designed two panels that, I felt, reflected Hunstons character.

The picture above reflects the wheat that is produced in Hunston, the canal and Chichester cathedral.

The Picture below reflects above and below the canal, which is teaming with wildlife, including the Perch, newt, Lily's and reeds that are within this panel.

 

This Juliet Balcony has been designed/made by Chalk Pit Forge to incorporate arts and crafts and art deco styles fused into one. It has been made using traditional techniques such as mortise and tenon joints going through punched holes so the bars swell around each of the joins. The amber glass, which is inserted into the split metal arts and crafts pear shapes, has been used to make use of the light entering the room on the inside. The copper panels are used to enhance the art deco style as well as adding a contrast to the black finish on the mild steel. The finish is a matt black, but many colours are available.

Juliet Balcony, Sussex.

Work can be made using the traditional joining methods above, which add a nice touch to the smaller details or it can be neatlyarc welded together or a combination of both.

 

The Pine tree and bull rushes gate was made for a client in West Sussex using techniques such as arc welding, laser cutting, hot punching, forging and bending.

The design uses inspiration from the location, a pond in the garden and a pine forest at the front of the property. The other criteria was something spiky to make it hard for intruders.

The finish is a zinc spray and black gloss.

 

The railing below was made for a bridge that crosses a stream in West Sussex. The design criteria was to be inspired from nature, free flowing, sculptural and artistic.

The mild steel has been forged, split, bent and arc welded. It has been left to rust and then finished with linseed oil every year.

 

The hot metal below has been forged to change the cross section along the bar to give a more visual appeal to the metal.

 

The Forge, Mandril [blacksmiths cone], anvil, tongs, swage block and me [Alex].