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Yorkshire blacksmith Nigel Tyas will be exhibiting at Grand Designs Live in London this month.
The designer-maker will take a stand at the premier property event inspired by the popular Channel 4 TV programme fronted by Kevin McCloud.
Grand Designs Live is expected to attract 100,000 visitors to the EXCEL (April 29 – May 7). Nigel will showcase his latest range of hand-forged lighting, chandeliers, lamps, curtain poles, fire irons and homewares.
Nigel, whose business is based north of Sheffield, said “We are looking forward to meeting people at this high-profile national exhibition.
“We’ve always had a good customer base in London and the south east and it is currently growing as more people seem to be investing in loft and cellar conversions or extending their homes in ingenious ways; and we’ve been developing relationships with London-based interior designers, architects and electrical engineers.
“It will be good to meet new and existing online customers and partners at the show, as not many have the chance to visit our Yorkshire showroom and see our products ‘in the metal’ so to speak . . .”
The designer-maker will take a stand at the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show at the NEC in Birmingham (March 23-26) where he will showcase his latest range of lighting designs.
Nigel Tyas Ironwork was founded by blacksmith Nigel and partner Elizabeth Stocker in 2000 and now sells its hand-forged lighting, chandeliers, lamps, curtain poles, fire irons and homewares to customers across the world.
This will be one of the first exhibitions Nigel has attended in 17 years of trading and the move is part of a growth strategy to increase sales by 20 per cent in 2017.
Nigel said: “We’ve built a reputation for quality, authenticity and craftsmanship over the years and have been pleased to steadily grow our customer base largely through recommendation and return trade . . ."
A South Yorkshire business which creates bespoke wrought iron products has appointed a new packing manager.
David Smyth, 17, has joined Nigel Tyas Ironwork, which is based in Millhouse Green near Penistone, to help with increasing demand.
David will be responsible for packing ironwork items, ranging from wrought iron hooks to 1.5 metre-wide chandeliers to customers around the UK and abroad.
At the age of 11, David took up woodturning in his leisure time and joins the firm with skills in creating intricate shapes and designs. David, who lives in Grenoside, Sheffield, said: “It’s great to come to a workplace which is so different. There’s so much going on with our blacksmiths constantly working hard in the forge, designing and creating new products ready for me to wrap up before being sent off . . .”
A creative collaboration between a blacksmith and a potter has led to the launch of a new product range combining their traditional crafts.
Ironworker Nigel Tyas and ceramicist Sarah Jones-Morris have put their heads together to design and create wrought iron lamps and pendant lights with porcelain and stoneware shades.
The new products are now available via Nigel Tyas Ironwork’s online shop and via the company’s showroom at Millhouse Green, near Sheffield in South Yorkshire.
Their collaboration started a year ago when Sarah needed a new home for her three foot diameter top-loading kiln . . .
A young blacksmith apprentice has taken the lead on his first manufacturing project launching a brand new product for his employer.
Kieren Stables, who works at Nigel Tyas Ironwork in South Yorkshire, is hand-making ‘Brian the Snails’ – steely little characters which can be used as ornaments or coat hooks.
The quirky new product, added to Nigel Tyas’ range of chandeliers, light fittings, fireside irons and curtain poles, is already proving a hit with customers and attracting attention on social media.
A video of Kieren making the ‘Brian the Snail’ is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2l-dhmDTtcc&feature=youtu.be
A team of Barnsley blacksmiths has delivered the largest chandelier it has ever made to an historic wedding venue in Northamptonshire.
Nigel Tyas Ironwork, which produces dozens of handcrafted wrought iron chandeliers a year, has completed its biggest ever commission for 19th century Crockwell Farm.
The two-tier light fitting, made to Nigel’s own ‘Shepherds Crook’ chandelier design, measures 1.5 metres across, weighs 47kg and carries 24 candle-like LED lights. It now hangs seven metres high in the atrium of the oak-beamed former manor house . . .
A traditional craft business which uses artisan tools and techniques dating back thousands of years has launched its own online shop.
Nigel Tyas Ironworks, which still fires and works metal following the same principles developed in the Iron Age, has embraced e-commerce and digital marketing to reach more customers and boost trade.
Nigel Tyas’ chandeliers, light fittings, fireside irons and curtain poles can be found in castles, cathedrals, pubs, hotels, heritage properties and family homes across the UK and abroad. The company’s handiwork can even be seen on the sets of Emmerdale, in The Woolpack, and Game of Thrones, in one of the many castles . . .
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