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Norfolk and Suffolk latches

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A set of large Suffolk latches for some fine oak doors and a Norfolk latch made to match existing one.    

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A Cat Handrail

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  A handrail in the shape of a cat – An unusual request.

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Gate and railings restored

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Gates and railings restored using as much of the original as possible.

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Gothic casement windows restored + one new

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  One completely new Gothic casement to be made. Seen here showing new leaded light work. To match the other five restored casements. All had worn, broken or missing handles and casement stays.

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Door knocker

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Twisted four bar door knocker

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Gate

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Gate designed to fit in with hedgerow and wide enough to fit a ride on lawn mower.

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Door Latch renovations

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I love the simplicity of these old latches. An early introduction of a manufactured door handle with a gun metal finish. These examples have a simple lock as well and are either left or right handed. A set of twelve to restore for one house, very unique.

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Suffolk Latch

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Yet another Suffolk Latch. A large one for an outside door.

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Door pull

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 I actually lathe this to a blank and then it’s forged for authenticity. It’s all in the finish

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Garden hand rail

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Garden hand rail leading up to arch way around garage door. Designed, made and fitted.

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Old Man sculpture

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A 90th birthday present. Old Man sculpture made from off-cuts. About 100mm high sitting on the top of a post.

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New Casements

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A set of ten new casements for a restoration project using the zinc T section came

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Curtain poles

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Upward curl Curtain pole. Hand made so size is in proportion to the room.

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Unusual Suffolk Latch

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A Suffolk Latch for an original Arts and Crafts property restoration. The latch is made from one piece of 20mm round bar and finishes at over 350mm in height

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Suffolk Latch

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Suffolk Latch for a very high quality restoration project

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Hinge and latch bar

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Hinge and latch bar on reverse side of door with Suffolk latch above

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Spiral Hand rail

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        Spiral hand rail descending a full 360 degrees with top banister rail. All brackets riveted to rail for authenticity.

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Spiral Hand Rail

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  Further images of Hand rail  

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Door pulls

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  A pair of door pulls to the customers sketch.

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Clock

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For a bit of fun I get creative sometimes. I made this clock from scrap and old printing blocks (hence numbers are reversed). It sold in the first week!

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Magazine Article

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A feature on windows in Homebuilding and Renovating included a write up and images of my repair and reproduction of metal casements

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Welcome to my Blacksmith Gallery

The Gallery

Situated just of the ‘Hill’ in the Market town of Framlingham the Victorian façade of my gallery belies a much older property. For some reason this building luckily survived while all around those around it were replaced with late 19th Century red brick properties.

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Norfolk Latch

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Norfolk Latch shown fitted to customer’s door.

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Norfolk Latches

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A Norfolk Latch has a back plate unlike the Suffolk Latch. One of these three is a restored original and the other two are copies.

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"Thankyou so much for the Fab curtain poles, they look very classy"

Dr. S.