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Video - Nigel Tyas Ironwork - The History Of Metalworking (7:40)

Video - Nigel Tyas Ironwork - The History Of Metalworking (7:40)

Nigel Tyas has taken some time out to talk in depth about the history of metalworking as a human endeavour; and what it means to him today.

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Newsletter - Summer is just around the corner - here's our latest newsletter

Newsletter - Summer is just around the corner - here's our latest newsletter

Here's our latest newsletter looking ahead to the lovely summer months, and bringing you news, inspiration and ideas from the forge.

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Video - How to measure for solid cottage curtain poles (0:47)

Video - How to measure for solid cottage curtain poles (0:47)

This short video shows Steph demonstrating how to measure up for our solid cottage curtain poles.

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Video - How to measure for traditional curtain poles (0:45)

Video - How to measure for traditional curtain poles (0:45)

This short video shows Steph demonstrating how to measure up for our traditional curtain poles.

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Case study - St Margaret's magnificent chandelier

Case study - St Margaret's magnificent chandelier

We’ve recently played our part in a determined congregation’s plan to restore the splendour of a chandelier to the centre of their English country church.

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Ironwork and spice and all things nice – our role in a very special farmhouse renovation

Ironwork and spice and all things nice – our role in a very special farmhouse renovation

We’ve recently had the pleasure of being involved in the renovation and refurbishment of a huge stone farmhouse in the rolling hills of South Yorkshire. We’ve supplied property developer Lisa Hunt with a comprehensive range of wrought iron lighting and curtain poles to help transform ‘Spicer Manor’ in to a luxury 15-bedroom holiday let.

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Game of Thrones – time to reflect on our medieval credentials

Game of Thrones – time to reflect on our medieval credentials

We may have mentioned it before (just a bit) but we once made some curtain poles for one of the castles on Game of Thrones. We’re not sure which castle, Winterfell, Riverrun, Casterly Rock …but it's still our little 'claim to fame' connection to the smash-hit, blood-thirsty TV drama.

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Being invited back to a beautiful English country home

Being invited back to a beautiful English country home

Bilting Court is a beautiful period property in Kent’s Stour Valley dating back to the 15th century. Years ago, we supplied ironwork throughout for this stunning country home. We are now very pleased to have been invited back.

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Video - Making a wrought iron wall light (1:09)

Video - Making a wrought iron wall light (1:09)

All of our wrought ironwork is designed by Nigel and hand-forged by him and his two skilled blacksmiths, Andrew and Simon. Each craftsman sees his own work through from start to finish. This video shows one of our Midhope wall lights being made - from drawing board to finished product.

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Commercial Bar and Restaurant Lighting - doing the business

Commercial Bar and Restaurant Lighting - doing the business

We are always pleased to supply lighting to the owners of bars, restaurants, public houses and hotels. Also, cafes, spas, offices, shops and all types of commercial spaces!

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Introducing our Springvale 7-light pendant

Introducing our Springvale 7-light pendant

Our latest light design is a colourful collaboration with Silver Tree Crystal glassmakers of Somerset. The Springvale combines our hand-forged wrought iron light fitting with their beautiful glass shades in a rainbow of colours.

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Merry Christmas from South Dakota!

Merry Christmas from South Dakota!

Merry Christmas from South Dakota! Our customer Josh Plorde has kindly sent us photographs of his beautiful Tudor-style mansion trimmed up for the festive season.

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Media coverage - There's nothing like toast made the traditional way

Media coverage - There's nothing like toast made the traditional way

Aga Living magazine is distributed to the nation's 30,000 plus Aga owners and celebrates a certain kind of homeliness and cosy family living.

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Video - Riveting the legs to a Mitre standard lamp (1:17)

Video - Riveting the legs to a Mitre standard lamp (1:17)

Here's some blacksmithing action from the forge. This short video shows Simon riveting the curved legs to the solid ring base of our Mitre standard lamp. We hope you like the footwork as well as the handiwork!

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The christmas countdown has begun and our order books are filling up fast

The christmas countdown has begun and our order books are filling up fast

The christmas countdown has begun and our order books are filling up fast - Our blacksmiths work very hard at this busy time of year to ensure we do our best to fulfill everyone’s pre-Christmas requests so, if you are ordering now and would really like your delivery before christmas, please let us know and we’ll give you a realistic idea if that’s possible.

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Newsletter - read our latest news for property professionals

Newsletter - read our latest news for property professionals

Here's is the second of our occasional mail-outs to property professionals who are existing or potential customers and clients. 

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Elizabeth's mind turns to a very different kind of 'metalwork' - bell ringing

Elizabeth's mind turns to a very different kind of 'metalwork' - bell ringing

Did you know that while Nigel is the one striking metal for a living at the forge, outside of work its Elizabeth who chooses to ‘strike’ it for the sheer pleasure of listening to its resonance. Here, she shares her bell ringing story.

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Newsletter - See our seasonal selection of new lights for autumn

Newsletter - See our seasonal selection of new lights for autumn

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is upon us. We love it.

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Video - Andrew making a wrought iron Curl curtain pole finial (1:07)

Video - Andrew making a wrought iron Curl curtain pole finial (1:07)

This short video shows Andrew hand making a wrought iron curl curtain pole finial.

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Miners' lamps take on a new role in the theatre

Miners' lamps take on a new role in the theatre

We've recently helped a theatre re-purpose miners' lamps to use them as house lights in their auditorium. It was a pleasure to be involved in the refurbishment at the Lamproom Theatre in Barnsley.

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Turning back the wheels of time - at Hooton Pagnell Hall

Turning back the wheels of time - at Hooton Pagnell Hall

We have some rather stunning ‘before and after’ shots to share with you. They feature authentic cartwheel chandeliers in a medieval barn, both before and after we got our hands on them ...

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Case study - A Home with a View in Gloucestershire

Case study - A Home with a View in Gloucestershire

There are so many interesting aspects to Alison’s home that it's hard to know where to look first.
When you can tear yourself away from the amazing views, and the beautiful garden, you can then enjoy the stylish interior – featuring our lights. Here is a little tour …

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Video - A special chandelier for a beautiful country church (1:43)

Video - A special chandelier for a beautiful country church (1:43)

We were approached about making a large Hartcliff chandelier for the parish church of St Leonards in Monyash, Derbyshire by our customer, Sheenagh Mudford. The chandelier was to be made in memory of her late husband.

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Newsletter - Calling all professionals - take closer look at our designer ironwork

Newsletter - Calling all professionals - take  closer look at our designer ironwork

We are very pleased to supply our wrought iron lighting, curtain poles and homeware to many property professionals and have now launched a newsletter especially for them.

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Newsletter - Come and see our blacksmiths at work

Newsletter - Come and see our blacksmiths at work

As part of this year's Heritage Open Days we'd like to invite you to see our blacksmiths at work. Visit our Yorkshire workshop of Friday September 14th.

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Heritage Open Day - 2018 - In the Heat of the Forge - Friday 14th September

Heritage Open Day - 2018 - In the Heat of the Forge - Friday 14th September

See our blacksmiths at work
We are opening the forge on Friday 14th September as part of Heritage Open Days - you are warmly invited to come and see the blacksmiths at work in the heat of the forge, 2.30pm onwards.

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Come and see us at Penistone Show - 2018

Come and see us at Penistone Show - 2018

This is us last year at Penistone Agricultural Show - Hope to see you there this year -Saturday Sept 8th. Opposite the beer tent!

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Media coverage - Poster boy for industrial heritage and craftsmanship

Media coverage - Poster boy for industrial heritage and craftsmanship

Nigel is all over the Sheffield papers! His image is being used to head up coverage of this year's city-wide Heritage Open Days.

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Video - A Pennine barn conversion – there’s no place like home (1:30)

Video - A Pennine barn conversion – there’s no place like home (1:30)

Creating beautiful and homely interiors involves combining a range of big ideas and little details. Professional designers take every element into account at the outset of ‘blank canvas’ schemes, including the all-important lighting and accessories. That’s why we were really pleased to be considered right from the start of Jane Schindler’s renovation of her 18th century barn conversion.

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Introducing quality fittings for doors and windows produced by From the Anvil

Introducing quality fittings for doors and windows produced by From the Anvil

Due to popular customer demand, we are now selling a range of wrought iron door and window fittings to complement our lighting, curtain poles and other handmade ironwork.

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Newsletter - All things bright and beautiful - summer 2018

Newsletter - All things bright and beautiful - summer 2018

The lovely, long days of summer are upon us and we are busy developing new products as well as new ways of buying our products. We're delighted to launch our 'Curtain Pole Packs' - a quicker way to order our handmade wrought iron poles.  For all our latest product news from the forge, read our newsletter here

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Lighting up the Packhorse Pub in Somerset

Lighting up the Packhorse Pub in Somerset

I love to get a job which gives me a good excuse to visit a fine old English pub and sup a glass of ale. Supplying the Packhorse pub in the village of South Stoke near Bath with a collection of wrought iron lighting was just one of those special jobs.
It also turned out to be one of the most inspiring community projects that I have had the pleasure to work on ...

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Introducing a new quicker way to buy our Nigel Tyas Ironwork traditional handmade curtain poles

Introducing a new quicker way to buy our Nigel Tyas Ironwork traditional handmade curtain poles

There is now a simpler, quicker way to buy a traditional, handmade Nigel Tyas curtain pole – we’d like to introduce the . . .

Nigel Tyas Ironwork Curtain Pole Pack

Buy everything you need in one complete package!

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Video - David adding our wax finish to a Midhope 3-light chandelier (0:30)

Video - David adding our wax finish to a Midhope 3-light chandelier (0:30)

This short video shows David adding our wax finish to a 3-light Midhope chandelier.

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Newsletter - Spring inspiration from Nigel Tyas Ironwork

Newsletter - Spring inspiration from Nigel Tyas Ironwork

We're very much enjoying 2018 so far, not least because it's our 18th birthday year and to celebrate we are doing what we like to do best, creating lots of new wrought iron products for your home.

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Our 18th Birthday Collection

Our 18th Birthday Collection

Nigel and I established Nigel Tyas Ironwork in the year 2000 and it has a significant birthday this year. We thought we’d celebrate our first 18 years as a rural craft business by highlighting ten products which tell you a little bit about our story so far. The 18th birthday collection picks out designs and innovations from those early days to present day. Enjoy!

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Media coverage - Our Bretton designer light is the centre of attention

Media coverage - Our Bretton designer light is the centre of attention

Thanks to Period Living magazine for featuring our Bretton pendant at the centre of an informative article about choosing the right lighting for your home.

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Two extra special spotlights added to our range

Two extra special spotlights added to our range

Sometimes we feel you just can’t get enough of a good thing.

Our Bretton and Maythorne pendant lights have been two of our most popular designs over the last couple of years and we have loved making them. So now we’ve decided to take these striking and distinctive shapes over to another product – spotlights.

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What we’re doing to help save our planet

What we’re doing to help save our planet

Products ‘we make them to last.’  

Power ‘we aim to be green and lean’.

Packaging ‘we choose to re-use.’

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Introducing the Mickleden - unique new wall light is a creative collaboration

Introducing the Mickleden - unique new wall light is a creative collaboration

We are very pleased to introduce you to our unique new design of wall light – the Mickleden.

This is our third collaboration with accomplished potter Sarah Jones-Morris and we hope you’ll agree it is an attractive combination of wrought iron and ceramic craftsmanship.

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Video - Andrew making a Shepherd's Crook curtain pole finial (1:12)

Video - Andrew making a Shepherd's Crook curtain pole finial (1:12)

More blacksmithing action from the forge. This short video shows Andrew hand forging a Shepherd's Crook curtain pole finial.

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A Yorkshire blacksmith in Paris

A Yorkshire blacksmith in Paris

Nigel shares his experience of joining a Northern Powerhouse trade mission to France.

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Media coverage - Innovation and design in the spotlight

Media coverage - Innovation and design in the spotlight

When ‘Living North Magazine’ wanted to write a feature about talented designer-makers based in Yorkshire, we were delighted that they gave Nigel a call.

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The White-faced Woodland – inspiration for our ramshead design

The White-faced Woodland – inspiration for our ramshead design

Blacksmiths have always decorated their work for others to enjoy and for their own satisfaction too - to demonstrate their skill in working hot metal into intricate designs.

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Case study - A Portuguese villa with traditional brick ceilings

Case study - A Portuguese villa with traditional brick ceilings

It’s so lovely to see our chandeliers hanging in customers’ homes and we were particularly thrilled to see these two hanging from distinctive brick ceilings in a light and spacious Portuguese villa.

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St Clement - the patron saint of blacksmiths

St Clement - the patron saint of blacksmiths

November 23rd is St Clement’s Day when we remember the patron saint of blacksmiths and take a moment to celebrate our ancient craft. We performed the traditional ceremony of ‘Firing the Anvil’ to mark the occasion at the forge this year. Here Nigel explains what this is all about, and talks about ‘Old Clem’, and the folklore behind our trade.

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In celebration of our churches

In celebration of our churches

Churches, ancient and modern, are often treasure troves of architecture, design and artisan craft. Here, Elizabeth Stocker celebrates Nigel Tyas Ironwork’s association with the National Churches Trust, which aims to promote the up-keep and appreciation of the nation’s churches.

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Case study - A country cottage extension

Case study - A country cottage extension

When Jonathan and Nicola Cope decided to extend their cottage in rural Monmouthshire they were looking for lighting and homewares which felt at home in their 19th century property.

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Video - Our customer process - a video introduction (1:11)

Video - Our customer process - a video introduction (1:11)

Over the years we have built our reputation on a personal and friendly customer service and now have many repeat customers or personally recommended customers.

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Case study - Storey House Farm on the Yorkshire Moors

Case study - Storey House Farm on the Yorkshire Moors

A chandelier which would be the perfect partner for a beautiful modern staircase wasn’t a tall order for Nigel Tyas Ironwork. Find out how a Yorkshire couple chose our lights to finish off their handsome farmhouse extension.

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Made in Yorkshire - and building a better business here

Made in Yorkshire - and building a better business here

We are proud to be based in Yorkshire and can’t really think of a better place to manufacture our ironwork products and grow our business. We were therefore very pleased to be featured as a case study on the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub website.

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Inside a Yorkshire Shepherd's Hut

Inside a Yorkshire Shepherd's Hut

Did you know that we supply wrought iron lighting to fit in some of the beautiful bespoke Shepherd’s huts designed and made by The Yorkshire Hut Company?

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Ancient and Modern - Monyash parish church, Derbyshire

Ancient and Modern - Monyash parish church, Derbyshire

When Sheenagh Mudford wanted to give something to her village church in memory of her late husband, Richard, we were honoured that she chose a Nigel Tyas chandelier.

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Media coverage - Nigel shows BBC Radio Sheffield presenter how to make a shoehorn

Media coverage - Nigel shows BBC Radio Sheffield presenter how to make a shoehorn

We had a special guest in the workshop recently when BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Paulette Edwards called in to get some hands-on experience as a blacksmith!

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Media coverage - Gorgeous Yorkshire

Media coverage - Gorgeous Yorkshire

Gorgeous Yorkshire is a blog which, as the name suggests, highlights all sorts of gorgeous things made and found in Yorkshire.

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Come and see us at Penistone Show

Come and see us at Penistone Show

Penistone Agricultural Show - Saturday September 9th

It is nearly time for Penistone Show and we are so looking forward to meeting people at the Nigel Tyas Ironwork stand.

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'At the anvil - keeping ironworking skills alive’

'At the anvil - keeping ironworking skills alive’

Come and visit the forge on Friday September 8th

We are delighted to announce that we will be taking part in ‘Heritage Open Days’ for the first time this year.

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The Maythorne Pendant - introducing our latest designer light

The Maythorne Pendant - introducing our latest designer light

I am delighted to announce that we have added a new pendant light to our range of handmade wrought iron lighting.

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Throwing some light on the subject of LED bulbs – A beginner’s guide

Throwing some light on the subject of LED bulbs – A beginner’s guide

Here at Nigel Tyas we extol the virtues of LED lighting – it’s bright, attractive, energy-efficient and money saving. LED bulbs offer a wide choice in terms of the type of light they generate – soft, warm, bright, strong – and they are often designed to look good themselves with interesting shapes and retro-design filaments.

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Case study - St Briocq - A Guernsey Retreat

Case study - St Briocq - A Guernsey Retreat

When Alison Cook decided to move to a farmhouse in Guernsey with her partner John, she knew exactly where to come for wrought iron lights and fittings for their new home.

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Case study - Ironwork for log cabins in the spectacular Highlands

Case study - Ironwork for log cabins in the spectacular Highlands

Eagle Brae log cabins are set in the spectacular Highlands countryside and offer a beautiful get-away for holidaymakers seeking a retreat from busy modern life.

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Enoch the Power Hammer

Enoch the Power Hammer

Nigel Tyas introduces us to the heavy-weight power hammer which is central to the manufacturing process in our workshop - and explains why it is affectionately called Enoch.

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Case study - A Kentish Manor House

Case study - A Kentish Manor House

Bilting Court, parts of which date back to the fifteenth century, has been variously described as a manor house, a farmhouse and as a cottage during its long history.

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A week in the life of a rescue hen

A week in the life of a rescue hen

Nigel and I have been keeping chickens in the back garden for about 18 years now.

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Metalwork lessons in the 1960's

Metalwork lessons in the 1960's

My first experience of blacksmithing was when I was about 13.

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The Northern Powerhouse

The Northern Powerhouse

Two weeks ago I attended a meeting of business people from the Sheffield area to hear about the progress of The Northern Powerhouse project.

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The Cannons of Cannon Hall

The Cannons of Cannon Hall

I love it when we get asked to do something a bit special or ‘out of the ordinary’ !

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Media Coverage - Things I couldn't live without

Media Coverage - Things I couldn't live without

Many thanks to interior designer Janie Money of Colefax and Fowler for including us in her list of 'Things she couldn't live without' in this Country Life Magazine feature.

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Elizabeth’s Moonlighting Job

Elizabeth’s Moonlighting Job

Elizabeth works very hard helping to run Nigel Tyas Ironwork, but it has to be admitted that she is prone to sneaking out of the office and coming to work with me at Rose Cottage instead – where she designs most of the inscriptions on my sculptures. Here is her work on the Thurlstone War memorial in 2013:

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Harmonious Blacksmiths

Harmonious Blacksmiths

I first met Nigel Tyas and his wife Elizabeth in 2005. I had wanted to buy some wrought iron fencing for my garden, and a friend advised me to go and see them at their Bullhouse Mill forge.

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Sheep May Safely Graze

Sheep May Safely Graze

Spring is coming and the grass is just starting to grow a bit in our little field, but there is still not enough to feed our small flock – so we bring them into their little barn and feed them hay every night.

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Andre's bench

Andre's bench

2014 was a sad year for us at Bullhouse Mill. A year ago today, Andre Werra, the best man at our wedding in 2002, died of a brain tumour, leaving his partner Sue, his sons Andrew and Leon, daughter-in-law Kate and granddaughter Eloise. Andre was a fine blacksmith and joined us as our foreman in 2008. He is sorely missed here.

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Alice's tadpole

Alice's tadpole

Dawn, Sheena, Katie and I all made tadpoles to use as ornamentation for the bench Nigel and the blacksmiths were making to commemorate our friend Andre’s life.

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Naming Our Designs

Naming Our Designs

Here in the south Pennines we have a long and proud tradition of metalworking and it was this great heritage that led us to set up our forge at Bullhouse where we knew we could find people with the skills to grow the business. There have been a number of watermills on the Upper Don, and the mill at Bullhouse is one of the oldest, first recorded around 1435 AD.

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Media Coverage - 'An artistic engineer'

Media Coverage - 'An artistic engineer'

Nigel has been interviewed in depth by Gerry Jones for the wonderful ‘Merchant and Makers’.

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Media coverage - How to make a pair of fire irons - Guardian article

Media coverage - How to make a pair of fire irons - Guardian article

Nigel was very happy to talk Guardian readers through this process! Read this article by journalist Jon Henley for an insight into Nigel’s skill as a creative blacksmith.

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Nigel Tyas Ironwork - Designers of wrought iron lighting, curtain poles & fire irons - Handmade by skilled blacksmiths in our Yorkshire forge - Proud to be made in Britain with customers around the world - Committed to our rural creative craft business and industrial metalworking heritage. Established 2000.

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