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.

Honda Arch, Nr Bognor Regis, West Sussex.

The project below was a very unique commission from a client who wanted a loved one's, much loved Honda Legend, turned into a sculpture. We decided that the parts of the car she wanted me to use for this sculpture would look best installed into an arch that could then be installed in her garden near Bognor Regis, West Sussex. I then designed how I thought these parts would look best incorporated into the arch.

This arch is a memorial to Maurice who died in 2017. Memorial sculptures, archways, grave heads and benches etc... can be designed to incorporate some of the loved one's things or something sentimental to remember them by, they can also have a plaque or something stamped into the metal as a reference to them. I'm also able to make metal gravestones that can also be made so objects, that relate to the individual, can be attached to them.

The first picture below shows the arch without the sentimental, Honda parts attached to it.

If you would like something made to remember a loved one, then please get in touch and we can discuss what might be appropriate.

Honda No Bits Small

And below is a photo of the parts the client wanted to be included in the Honda arch.

Honda Bits Side Angle Small

 

Midhurst gate.

This gate is placed next to the South Downs centre in Midhurst. The hills reflect the South Downs. The tudor house, near the lock, reflects Midhurst, the Eel and Roach reflect the river Rother and the criss crossing curves of the clouds, hills and river reflect the criss crossing pattern in the South Downs National Park logo.

Midhurst Gate 200mm

And a close up of the eel.

Eel 200mm

 

Hunston, West Sussex.

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.

Wheat With Sun Small

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.

Lily Panel Small

 

Juliet Balcony, Nr Arundel, West Sussex.

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.

Balcony Key 072 2nd

Work can be made using the traditional joining methods above, which add a nice touch to the smaller details or it can be ARC/MIG welded together or a combination of both; whichever works best for the design and client's taste.

 

Pine Tree and Bull rush gate, nr Arundel, West Sussex.

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.

Gate Back Small

 

Wild Railing, nr Arundel, West Sussex.

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.

Wild Railing 3