Introduction to Blacksmithing
Experience the life of a modern blacksmith at our unique forge in the heart of Suffolk.
FORGE WITH US
Kingdom Forge is a blacksmithing and engineering workshop set in the picturesque Suffolk countryside. Kingdom Forge is run by a young and dedicated blacksmith, Paul Stoddart.
At Kingdom Forge we design and create high quality metalwork using a combination of traditional and modern techniques. We are able to accept commissions, working closely with our clients to meet their requirements. We also offer blacksmithing courses for people who would like to give it a try and maybe even take it up as a hobby!
Paul originally trained for two years at the National School of Blacksmithing in Herefordshire. There he gained qualifications and experience in many areas such as the art of blacksmithing, welding, fabrication and light machining to name a few.
At Kingdom Forge we take inspiration from the works and accomplishments of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Brunel was a mechanical and civil engineer who revolutionized transport and modern engineering. I particularly admire his 'can do' attitude and innovative thinking. Without Brunel, Great Britain would not be as we know it today.
Brunel is such an inspiration to us that we decided to name our business after him and incorporate his iconic top hat into our makers mark.
Our style of forgework is greatly influenced by the architecture of the Victorians and the sheer might and hard work that went into creating the monoliths that still stand today. Their work was industrial and rugged with beautiful floral designs inspire by the Renaissance Revival period up to the Arts and Crafts Movement. The saying "nothing too strong ever broke" comes to mind.
THE COMISSION PROCESS
This is when you first contact us via phone, email, social media or in person. At this point we would like to hear what you would like to have made, the theme of the artefact, location in which it'll be situated and your price range. An image or a sketch of what you would like made and an image of the setting would help us understand what you're looking for and we can further develop your ideas.
Design and Quote
Using the ideas and requirement you give us we will produce drawings and sample pieces which we can then discuss and develop until you are satisfied with the design. We will also need to discuss forging, fixing and finishing options.
We may need to make a site visit to take measurements and to view the location in which the artefact will be situated. Once everything is agreed upon and the completion date is confirmed we will ask for a deposit to cover material costs.
During the making process, you are more than welcome to come and visit us at the forge, to see how your commission is coming to life using techniques developed over 4,000 years.
Delivery, Installation & Payment
Once the commission has been completed it can be collected from the forge. We offer a delivery and and installation service. We will then require payment on completion or delivery.