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.
Nigel and the team will demonstrate their skills with anvil, hammer and tongs, making wrought iron products such as fireside irons, curtain poles, chandeliers, lanterns and all kinds of lighting.
Nigel said: “Our metalworking craft uses many tools and techniques barely changed in centuries and we are looking forward to giving people an insight into how we design and make wrought iron products in the forge today.
“It’s great to be a part of the Heritage Open Days programme. There is so much going on in the Sheffield region celebrating many different aspects of our social and industrial history and our local culture.
“We are particularly proud to be part of the city’s metalworking heritage and hope people will come along to our open afternoon for an informal look at a blacksmithing business in the 21st century.”
Refreshments will be served in the company’s showroom, right next to the workshop, where visitors will be able to chat to Nigel Tyas Ironwork’s co-founder Elizabeth Stocker about the company’s ethos and origins. It was established by Nigel and Elizabeth in the year 2000 and the business is built on their commitment to keeping traditional ironworking skills alive in the UK.
Elizabeth said: “Our small team of blacksmiths works right here in our Yorkshire workshop designing and making the wrought iron products which we sell direct to customers all over the world.
“We are passionate about metalworking and see it as an important part our industrial landscape; past, present and future. That’s why we’ve decided to get involved in Heritage Open Days, to show people these amazing skills are alive and thriving in the UK today.”
Nigel started his career as a blacksmithing apprentice with the National Coal Board in the 1970s, back when pit ponies and steam trains were still used in the mining industry! He then worked for several heavy industry companies in Sheffield area before setting up his own creative ironwork business.
All Nigel Tyas’ products carry the ‘Made in Sheffield’ mark which recognises the quality of the manufactured products and celebrates the company’s close association with the city’s unique metalworking heritage.
If you’d like to join us on Friday September 8th, between 2.30pm and 5.30pm, please register your interest on our Facebook event page here. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01226 766618 - just to give us an idea of numbers.
Visitors are welcome at any time. Blacksmithing demonstrations will commence at around 2.45pm, 3.30pm and 4.15pm.
Nigel Tyas Ironwork is based at Bullhouse Mill, Lee Lane, Millhouse Green, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S36 9NN. See ‘how to find us’ directions here. To view our event listing on the Heritage Open Days website alongside other events in our region and across the country see here.
Notes to editor
Attached photograph shows Nigel at work in the forge