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A Solid European Oak & Ironwork Gate Made By Blake & Bull UK In Wiltshire

Traditional blacksmithing, exceptional engineering, and heirloom quality carpentry - a triune of skills working to make an extraordinary gate.

This is stage two of a project phased over a number of installations, each one so far has been blessed with sunshine and clear skies.

The story

Solid European and ironwork gate made by Blake & Bull UK in WiltshireArts & Crafts Gothic Revival in style, the design evolved with contributions from the wealth of skills amongst our team. Each element a celebration of the trade that made it.

Ali, our carpenter, started the project hand selecting European Oak. The aesthetic direction was a natural choice as the client had instructed his stone mason to build a solid segmental archway {for secure pedestrian access} sympathetic in style to the main property. 

Solid European and ironwork gate made by Blake & Bull UK in WiltshireOnce apertures were made for the lock, reinforced hinge concealed frame and letter box, the gate came home {from Ali's workshop} to the metal workshop and forge. {Treated in exterior wax oil}

Solid European and ironwork gate made by Blake & Bull UK in WiltshireJoe our blacksmith meanwhile, started forging the letterbox. Each divot and characterful weld made by hand. The Brass rivet was hand finished with soft facets. { Next on my design list for the team, railings finished with brass detailing!}

Solid European and ironwork gate made by Blake & Bull UK in WiltshireEach and every one of the 116 studs was hand heated, faceted, beaten and linished by Neil {fabricator} and Bradley {trainee fitter} before blackening and fitting by hand. Every one skill fully placed digitally beforehand by Liam our CAD & Technical drawing manager.

Solid European and ironwork gate made by Blake & Bull UK in WiltshireThe gate hangs on bespoke hinges and internal reinforcement, concealed as not to compromise the arts & crafts design. The supports spread the load throughout the gate, the fixings are cored and resin fixed to the new stone pillars {inside which sit our huge fabricated steel pillars - fitted some weeks prior on concrete pads}

Solid European and ironwork gate made by Blake & Bull UK in WiltshireThe secure lock and slam plate are stock pieces, but to ensure that it matched the design, we adapted it to suit. Hand forging a handle.
Solid European and ironwork gate made by Blake & Bull UK in WiltshireDespite the challenges of the rough stone, space is distributed evenly around the gate due to the extraordinary skills of the team, stonemason, and clever hinges. As the gate opens the sunlight is cast through the aperture onto what will be a paved area, the view through to the garden is idyllic. 

Marcus & Mark {designers, fitters, welders..} fitted the gate on a warm June morning, with a welcome temperate breeze. 

Jobs like this are a privilege to do. All the chaps in the workshop and fabrication team are so proud to have created something that will outlive us all. How many hands will open this gate as the years go by we wonder. For now, the hands of a happy client as they stroll into the quiet of their garden beyond. 

Please contact the friendly team to chat about your design ideas and to find out more about what we do.

 

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