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From time to time, we issue press releases to the media about our news, product launches and achievements.

Here are our recent press releases. If you are a journalist and would like to contact Nigel Tyas Ironwork, please call the office on 01226 766618 or email sales@nigeltyas.co.uk. Alternatively, contact Steph on 0776 196 4492 or email steph@nigeltyas.co.uk.

Nigel Tyas is available for interview about the business and his commitment to traditional ironworking skills.

Recent Press Releases - Nigel Tyas Ironwork

Barnsley blacksmith celebrates ancient craft on special day with a bang
Thursday 16th November 2017

A Barnsley blacksmith will celebrate St Clements Day with a bang this year.

Nigel Tyas Ironwork, based in Millhouse Green, will pay homage to the patron saint of blacksmiths by carrying out an ancient ritual known as ‘firing the anvil’ on Thursday November 23.

The Mayor of Barnsley Councillor Jeff Ennis and a group of local schoolchildren will be guests of honour at the forge for this ceremony.

Business owner Nigel Tyas said: “November 23rd is St Clement’s Day when we remember the patron saint of blacksmiths, Old Clem, and take a moment to celebrate our ancient craft.”

The tradition of ‘firing the anvil’ dates back to medieval times when village blacksmiths used to pour a little gunpowder into the small ‘hardy hole’ on their anvils and ignite it. This created a bang for dramatic effect, and also to serve the useful purpose of annually testing the integrity of the anvil – if it survived the explosion, it proved it was still sound with no hidden cracks. The firing of the anvil was, naturally, followed by a tour of the local pubs for apples and ale . . .

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Nigel Tyas working at the anvil

New handmade 'up-and-down' light is a win-win for wall lighting
Monday 2nd October 2017

Designer-maker Nigel Tyas has launched a new wall light which directs lighting both upwards and downwards – a win-win for practicality and effect.

The Cubley wall light is a double-ended, cylinder-shaped wrought iron light with a hand-forged decorative central band and hammered edges.

When wall-mounted vertically it provides directional lighting to the ceiling and the floor creating both an attractive accent effect to highlight architectural features, plus a practical source of lighting for, say, a walkway or a side table.

Nigel said: “The compact Cubley is a new feature wall light which joins our extensive range of products designed and made by our small team of blacksmiths.

“This light does a new job for our customers by providing an attractive and practical two-way light especially suitable for rooms such as halls and corridors or in the nooks, crannies and corners of larger rooms, where a bright open light is not needed but a targeted up-and-down accent light is perfect.” . . .

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Nigel Tyas wrought iron Cubley wall light

Traditional ironworker invites visitors to forge as part of Heritage Open Days
Friday 11th August 2017

A Yorkshire ironworker will be opening his forge up to visitors as part of national Heritage Open Days for the first time this year.

Nigel Tyas Ironwork will hold an open afternoon , called ‘At the anvil - keeping ironworking skills alive’ on Friday September 8th from 2.30pm and 5.30pm.

The event is part of the Heritage Open Days programme which celebrates every aspect of the UK’s living heritage, history and traditions. Between September 7th and 10th, stately homes, museums, factories, churches, theatres, historic sites and traditional businesses open their doors to the public to have a look around for free . . .

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Nigel Tyas looking through chandelier ring

Unique pendant light launched by designer-maker Nigel Tyas
Wednesday 2nd August 2017

Designer-maker Nigel Tyas has added a distinctive new design to his range of handmade wrought iron lighting.

The Maythorne pendant light has been launched by Nigel Tyas Ironwork and is now available to buy direct from the company.

The Maythorne’s delicate handmade design incorporates tendrils of steel entwined in a fluid spiral around an LED squirrel cage bulb, finished with tiny curls top and bottom.

The Maythorne pendant light follows the success of the Maythorne wall light designed by Nigel in 2013 which has become one of the company’s top sellers.

It is handmade by Nigel and his team of experienced blacksmiths using traditional metalworking tools and techniques . . .

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Maythorne light pendant from Nigel Tyas Ironwork

Yorkshire blacksmith to exhibit designer ironwork at Grand Designs Live
Tuesday 4nd April 2017

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 . . .”

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Yorkshire ironworker to exhibit at national trade show
Thursday 2nd March 2017

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 . . ."

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Nigel Tyas and Elizabeth Stocker at Bullhouse Mill

Barnsley ironworks takes on new member of staff
Wednesday 23rd November 2016

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 . . .”

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Nigel Tyas and David Smyth packing parcels

Creative collaboration throws light on a new product
Wednesday 2nd November 2016

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 . . .

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Nigel Tyas and Sarah Jones-Morris with their new lampshades

Blacksmith apprentice takes the lead on his first project – hand-made steel snails
Tuesday 16th August 2016

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

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Blacksmith Kieren Stables with Brian the Snail

Barnsley blacksmith’s biggest chandelier takes top spot
Tuesday 14th June 2016

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 . . .

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Nigel Tyas and team with Crockwell Farm giant chandelier

Traditional ironworker boosts sales through launch of online store
Wednesday 25th May 2016

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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Blacksmith Nigel Tyas with Ramshead Poker


Note to editors :-

Nigel Tyas is available for interview about the business and his commitment to traditional ironworking skills.

If you are a journalist and would like to contact Nigel Tyas Ironwork, please call the office on 01226 766618 or email sales@nigeltyas.co.uk. Alternatively, contact Steph on 0776 196 4492 or email steph@nigeltyas.co.uk.

Additional media contact: Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or at kate@capitalbmedia.co.uk.


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