Iron gates and railings
bespoke black metal balcony railings sculpted in the shape of reeds

Forge ahead with bespoke iron gates and railings

Blaze a trail with hand-forged metalwork from expert blacksmiths

Promotional Feature By Caroline Rodrigues |

When honing in on the architectural detail for your grand design – whether that’s a new build house or a renovation, hand-forged metalwork from a blacksmith is definitely a contender. There’s something timeless about metalwork produced from a working forge; it carries the echo of the roaring fire, the sparks from glowing super-heated metal, the clang of hammer against anvil. Designs by specialist company Orchard Blacksmith, which range from iron gates and railings to stair banisters and garden furniture, bring a touch of artistry to these practical additions to our homes.

Making an entrance

It’s the bespoke elements that stand out on first glimpse of a property. Commissioning double gates, bespoke electric driveway gates or a side gate will ensure the metalwork reflects the character of your home perfectly. For iron gates and railings that form a boundary with glimpses of the garden beyond, Orchard Blacksmith could suggest a distinctive organic design with flowing leaves and tendrils. Alternatively, a more regimented design of repeating fleur de lys railheads could mark out a secure division from the outside world.

metal driveway gates with privacy screens and leaf motif

Photo: Orchard Blacksmith

Handmade replacements

If you’ve bought a dilapidated period property to renovate, the chances are that the metalwork is in poor repair. Indoors, a banister rail or balustrade might need replacing, or perhaps a curly window catch has broken. Orchard Blacksmith can also supply a made to measure fender for a fireplace or a set of bespoke fire irons. Standing sentry outside a home, railings might need to be repaired or replaced with made to measure copies, or perhaps a replacement window grille is needed.

The beauty of a balcony

Ornate wrought iron railings will bring a period feel as well as providing safety for a Juliet balcony. For a contemporary look, a bespoke balustrade can form a frame for a cantilevered balcony, either with a geometric row of bars, or with a more organic design.

modern black metal stair bannister on curved wooden staircase

Photo: Orchard Blacksmith

Celebrate the garden

The final part of a building project is completing the landscaping. This is where a bespoke piece of metalwork from a blacksmith comes into its own. Consider a bespoke bench for a secluded spot or an arbour or pergola, ready to be planted with scented climbers. Or devise a metal sculpture as a focal point for the lawn.

Try your hand at metalwork

Ever thought about what goes into creating bespoke metalwork? Visit Orchard Blacksmith to see a forge in action, or come on a pre-arranged day course where you can create a bespoke art work for your home, office or garden. With personal guidance from Mikey and Andy you will learn simple forging techniques which have been used for centuries to create unique pieces of ironwork.

metal garden gate with ornate, curvy detailing

Photo: Orchard Blacksmith

More about Orchard Blacksmith

Brothers Andy and Mikey Orchard set up Orchard Blacksmith in Framfield, East Sussex, in 2017, having trained extensively in blacksmithing and creative ironwork at Plumpton College in Lewes, East Sussex. Inspired by knowledge from fellow artisan metalworkers, Mikey specialises in the traditional style metalwork that typifies Georgian and Victorian homes while Andy concentrates on contemporary blacksmithing designs.

All of Orchard Blacksmith’s work is handmade, bespoke and comes with a lifetime guarantee. If you’re in the South, South East, London or Eastern regions, take advantage of a free site survey. Visit and fill out your details online, including the code GD23. Or call 01825 890088. Orchard Blacksmith is offering a 50% discount on its normal rates for other areas in England (but not Scotland or Wales).