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Question & Answers


Here you will find answers to questions that we have been asked on many occasions by a variety of customers. If you cannot find the answer to your question, then please Contact Us and we shall do our best to help.


Are your products made of wrought iron?
Do you make things in cast iron?
Do you shoe horses?
How much will it cost?
Will my ironwork go rusty?
Does it have to be black?
When will I need to replace it?
I know what I want, but I don’t know what the technical specification is. Can you help?
The ironwork I am planning forms part of a much bigger project. Is this a problem?
Can I come and see my ironwork being made?
From who and where are your quotations taken?


Lots of metalwork catalogues use the term ‘wrought iron’ to describe their products? Are your products made of wrought iron?
‘Wrought iron’ is often used as a generic term for mass-produced decorative ironwork, and refers to the manufacturing process of working it into scrolls and twists, etc. The vast majority of such ironwork is actually made of mild steel, like much modern ironwork (including Anwick Forge’s).

The material ‘wrought iron’ has very different properties from mild steel and is produced using a very different process. We can source this specialised material, which (in sheet form) is as valuable as sterling silver, from our specialist supplier. As trained and experienced blacksmiths, we have the specialist skills and techniques that are required for working in wrought iron, which is typically used for restoration work (much historical ironwork is made from wrought iron) and for customers who are keen always to use the best possible materials and skills for a given task.


Do you make things in cast iron?
Cast iron items are produced in a foundry by pouring molten metal into especially made moulds. This means that cast iron is most suitable for items that are produced in large quantities. We work together with a small number of foundries, who meet our needs for cast iron features that are typical of Victorian, or Victorian-style ironwork.


Do you shoe horses?
No, a farrier does that. There used to be a significant overlap between blacksmithing and farriery, but since use of the horse in daily life has declined, and the demand for decorative ironwork has increased, two separate professions have now developed. Most blacksmiths, including those at Anwick Forge, concentrate mainly on decorative and architectural ironwork, although there is clearly still quite an overlap in terms of skills and techniques.


How much will it cost?
Because every piece is designed and produced to order, we need to go through our rigorous and detailed quotation process before we can answer this with any degree of accuracy. We may be able to provide you with a non-binding ‘ball park price’ if the ironwork you would like us to make is similar to something else we have already made.


Will my ironwork go rusty?
No, it won’t. To prevent corrosion, our exterior ironwork is either galvanised (dipped in molten zinc) or primed with a zinc-rich primer before painting. We use a similar zinc-rich primer for painted interior ironwork. If you prefer a natural metal look, then we use a high quality clear lacquer that ensures a high degree of corrosion resistance. Natural beeswax is another corrosion-resistant finish that we use for interior ironwork, especially smaller, frequently handled items as it provides a lovely, tactile finish.


Does it have to be black?
No, it doesn’t! Although black is the traditional colour for forged ironwork, you really can have any colour you want. Or you can retain the beautiful natural appearance of the metal, with all its light and shade, by opting for a clear lacquer or beeswax finish, although we do not recommend this for exterior ironwork.


When will I need to replace it?
You won’t! All our ironwork is made to the highest standards of craftsmanship and so is built to last. This actually makes it extremely good value as its cost is spread over so many years, whereas something of lesser quality will need to be replaced much, much sooner.


I know what I want, but I don’t know what the technical specification is. Can you help?
Most definitely! We will work with you to ensure that your ironwork has the correct technical specification for its purpose, whilst still fulfilling its aesthetic requirements – the very essence of good design.


The ironwork I am planning forms part of a much bigger project. Is this a problem?
Not at all! We work on many such projects and are consequently very experienced in co-ordinating our activities with those of other contractors as well as and meeting exacting deadlines and keeping to strict budgets.


Can I come and see my ironwork being made?
With pleasure! We shall let you know when a particularly interesting part of the forging process is going to take place so that you can come and watch. We shall supply you with safety glasses and a protective apron to ensure a safe as well as enjoyable experience for you at Anwick Forge. We are also happy to welcome small groups of children or adults to the forge for demonstrations or workshops. Please Contact Us for more information.


From who and where are your quotations taken?
The quoations on this website are all taken from The Garden Design Sourcebook by David Stevens(Conran Octopus Ltd, 1998). David Stevens "is a leading garden designer and winner of eleven Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals. He has a huge following from his appearances on BBC TV’s 'Garden by Design' and 'Gardenwise'. He lectures widely throughout the world and in 1993 he became the first ever visiting Professor of Garden Design at Middlesex University."