Gates railings and staircases
Architectural ironwork, forged gates, railings and staircases. working with you to design a piece that will match the style of your home or business.
From traditional forged ironwork to contemporary metal design.
Working in mild steel, stainless steel, brass and bronze and with a range of different finishes. Spiral staircases, forged iron railings wrought iron staircases.
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Ironwork has been a feature in Irish homes and gardens for decades. Today, wrought iron remains a popular choice for gates, railings, balconies and fences. Rust is among the biggest threats to ironwork. Over the years many ironwork pieces can fall victim to rust and wear and tear. Occurring naturally, due to the exposure of metals such as steel and iron to moisture, rust tends to discolour the surface and eat away at the metal if left unchecked. Ironwork that has not been well protected with the proper finish will experience rust at a very high rate, which can weaken even the strongest of metals.
While many people are eager to honour these old pieces, professional help is needed to restore the ironwork back to its former beauty. John is an expert at ironwork restoration, and takes the preservation of traditional ironwork very seriously. For each restoration project, John undertakes extensive research to uncover the fine details about the piece and what it was used for. Then he surveys the damage to grasp the extent of the work required. John always aims to retain as much of the original detail as possible. Using both old and new blacksmithing techniques, John ensures an authentic result that honours the original piece.
John’s restoration projects include wrought iron gates, fences, balconies, railings, stairs and more. All restoration pieces are given a high quality finish to preserve the piece for years to come.
Sculptures can hold up a mirror to society, reflecting a vision, a movement or memory. Iron sculptures can be strong and bold or delicate and elegant, depending on the message it is intended to convey.
John’s portfolio contains both public and private sculptures which have been created in collaboration with clients. Public sculptures are a popular way to mark a significant event with an artistic message. John was a commission to create a number of public sculptures to reflect the strong fishing heritage in his home town of Ballina. The salmon sculpture stands tall on the Crossmolina Road while the fisherman’s Rolling Cast stands on the Foxford Road welcoming visitors to the town. John works with a variety of metals including iron, stainless steel, wrought iron, and steel to create his sculptures. The factors that dictate whether a metal can be used to create sculptures are malleability and durability.
After consultation with the client, a full visual representation of the sculpture is created. This visual allows the client to better understand the final look and make any changes if necessary. Years of experience in sculptural ironwork has given John an inherent understanding of the client’s needs and the ability to bring their ideas to life in metal form.
Hand forged ironwork with contemporary designs
Ireland has a rich heritage of traditional ironwork, but today artist blacksmiths are bringing their own artistic flair to gates, staircases and furniture. John’s ever expanding portfolio of artistic ironwork pieces includes grand forged iron gates, intricate spiral staircases, bespoke garden furniture, wrought iron railings and constructional ironwork.
Artistic ironwork can make a bold statement or simply bring some extra chic to your home or garden. Gates, fences, railings and gardens give the first impression of your home or business, so they are great places to show creativity. Wrought iron is easy to maintain and is known for its resilience and durability. John’s outdoor pieces such as gates, fences and railings are also protected against the elements to ensure they stand the test of time.
John also does customised projects to suit the specific needs of clients and is an expert in fixing and restoring wrought ironwork in all its forms.