Ian Ring, after his blacksmithing apprenticeship, started Newton Forge on his Uncle’s farm in the town of Sturminster Newton in Dorset in 1980.
Whilst modern metal manufacturing techniques have their place, and indeed we utilise them when appropriate in our work, you cannot better the look and feel of a piece of work that is forged/wrought, jointed and assembled by hand. We relish the opportunity to work on architectural metalwork projects where we can employ these time honoured methods using our team of Blacksmiths in the forge.
A large percentage of decorative metalwork in our towns and cities today is composed of components that are mass produced, welded together and passed off as ‘wrought iron’. When looking at a piece of ironwork there are certain features to look for that distinguish it as being traditionally made such as the method of jointing (tenon style, forge welded, mechanically fixed), hand formed repousse decorations, collar and clips to fix decorative scroll work and the general appearance of the materials used.