A special order for a friend and client - dragonflies on bulrushes! Glad my posts/website inspire people to think outside of boxes - I'm always happy to chat about modifications or about commissions - take a look at the rest of the website: the gallery, case studies or the shop to get some ideas and get in touch
Keep your eyes peeled for this critter - my fabulously enormous mosquito will be up for sale in my online shop shortly... just waiting to give him a phosphorous coating so that he can be seen in the dark! Fancy this in your garden? By all means get in touch
A spare leaf that I had left from another project - now made into a really cool leaf sculpture. Take a scroll through the images and you'll see it galvanised. Just waiting final patination treatment then it'll be heading into my online shop
Here's a massive dragonfly that I've been working on in action. With a wingspan of around 6ft and painted in phosphorous paint so that it'll glow in the dark, it'll certainly stand out in its new home! Watch the video - the new owners will have holes sited in their garden so that the dragonfly can move around in its new setting ... love it!
Commissions always welcome - get in touch!
I've started on the second arbour (you'll remember the original that was to be used at the RHS garden shows and is now in my online shop). This one's big! The leaf form is over 5 metres from top to end of tail, it's not overly heavy but it is a beastie of a canopy. This is going to be pretty spectacular once I've finished it - I've been playing around with the design and may create a second leaf to be one of the supports instead of an obelisk? We'll see what happens ... I'm also designing an asymmetric bench that'll be galvanised and patinated to match the leaf canopy, so that it can sit underneath. Follow me on social media to see progress or drop me a line or give me a bell if you could see this in your garden
Most jobs begin with a sketch, others then progress with a scale model to help me explain my ideas and gain approval before the metalwork begins. Here's a half-covered archway for along the side of my customer's house, to create a covered walkway but without touching the house. There is also a sheer drop to the other side of the walkway, so this structure needed to create a fence to keep the client's young daughter safe. I spent a day welding this together on site (socially distant, of course) - and then went back and painted it. So pleased that it fulfils both form and function.
I've been working on something for my own home out of necessity! This burnished and lacquered steel gate is to be used indoors - it's a dog vs cats gate - I'm sure many of you are familiar with this scenario!? Moose is too eager to muscle in on Rameses, Cindy and Zorro and they're not too keen on this newcomer ... he's not quite as calm and sleek as the cat crew! Let's hope harmony will be soon be restored and the gate eventually becomes redundant.
Let me know if you need any creative metal help with restoring your harmony!
I've been working hard on my stand for the RHS Garden Shows that I'm doing this year - first one's in Cardiff a week after Easter and, as far as we know, it's still going ahead. Take a look through images from the original drawing to the canopy welded. It's now gone to be galvanised while I work on the support and all of the other elements of the stand.
I'll add this to my 'case study' area once it's done - it's quite a mammoth project!
Here's a gigantic arbour that I've been working on. it's slowly moving forward and has been both inside and outside the workshop at various stages. you can see the scale model that I made in the video clip below. The customers have seen it an are pleased with the look and feel. The overall scales is fairly epic and it's already starting to feel cosy inside. The structure is in primer at the moment and I'll be adding this as a case study once it's finished - it'll be great to show you the various stages.
I rustled up three pairs of arches for a special birthday for someone quite famous! They were delivered and the client's have sent some pictures of them in situ - don't they look great?!
Look at my enormous mushrooms (said not many people, ever!) - 12 feet and 10 feet tall. They're big, they're heavy and they're designed to be surrounded by three bespoke obelisks and smothered in marbles so that they sparkle. They are to be set at a distance down the garden by my clients so need to be seen - scale is important here and, obviously, big is beautiful.
I delivered the mushrooms we walked the mushrooms down into the garden and set them up in place (being careful to social distance). They look epic! The three obelisks I made to compliment them turned out to be too much once set up so we moved them to another location. Follow me on social media to see the pics of them in situ.
Here's a commission that I've enjoyed working on: 11 decorative stakes to hold a string of lights around client's garden. The lights will be suspended 5 feet above the ground, on the lower ball. The top ball has a small butterfly attached and each stake has the same butterfly but placed in a different position, just to mix it up. These will be left to rust and will look even more amazing in time!
Happy to take commissions right now - I can chat with you about designs and will always draw up an idea before I get to the metal! Socially distant deliveries are still possible - get in touch
Here are some railings that I've had the pleasure of working on for an existing client. The steel balls were firmly attached to the ground - once the base was in place the rail was fitted. Great to be working with customers that I've had the pleasure of working with before. Just one final coat of paint to add... if only it'd stop raining!
Some really good customers who love my work have commissioned the attached sketches. The steel arrives tomorrow and I'll start chopping it up to make these beauties. All to be finished in a low sheen black
The railings and gates are done and now painted, loaded onto the trailer awaiting installation tomorrow morning. I'm really pleased with the finish. I'm looking forward to installing them to finally see them as I intended!
Update: I've now added new dates to my calendar - this year I'm doing (currently), 4 Royal Horticultural Society Garden shows in Chatsworth, Tatton Park, Malvern and Cardiff; great opportunities for me to show my work to a wider audience, and also to have the space to set up some of the larger pieces so that they can be seen in situ. Hope to see you there!?
I've been making a pair of angel wing gates for a client this week - they're finished in a low sheen black and, once delivered, the client's going to install them themselves - I can't wait to see the finished results in situ.
I've got some news that I'm desperate to share - unfortunately it's under wraps at the moment as it's a Municipal project and it needs to be announced through official channels.
The only things I can reveal are that the project is likely to be on a similar scale to Renard and Claude and it's going to be a permanent installation in a pretty cool place!
Update: 21st January met with the client and I'm working on drawings/prices followed by a scaled down model of the project ... excited
I'm massively excited to be a featured maker at Backthorpe Barns British Crafts Christmas Fair for 6 weeks from 9/10th November through to 14/15th December inclusive.
This magical venue near Bury St Edmunds is all about the festive season. Come along and support the best of British makers this Christmas - read more in my blog