IAN PARMENTER, AWCB

ARTIST BLACKSMITH

 

Ian Parmenter AWCB, an award-winning blacksmith and designer, has been a smith since 1986 when he was trained during service at the Royal School of Military Engineering in England. As a result of his distinguished work, Ian has been made an Associate of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, a venerable institution incorporated by King Edward II in 1325, and which today provides a globally-recognised standard for smiths. In 2017, Ian was awarded the Freedom of the City of London following sponsorship from Hugh Adams, Past Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.

Fulfilling commissions throughout the UK, and following a six-year spell in Australia, Ian’s business has gone from strength to strength, now employing two assistant blacksmiths. Ian’s goals have remained the same throughout this time; to provide innovative design matched by a lifetime’s understanding and feel for the materials, and to provide excellence in teaching the craft to the next generation of smiths.

Having set up the highly-regarded Ferrocity School of Blacksmithing in Australia, Ian is now repeating this success in the UK, driven by a passion for the craft, attention to detail and a focus on quality and service.

                                                                                                                                                               

Design

Design

Ian provides a bespoke design service from idea to installation. Just contact us to discuss your project.

Conservation & Restoration

Conservation & Restoration

Ian has a Professional Development Diploma (Building Conservation) from West Dean college. He can offer comprehensive surveys of historic ironwork and associated structures, detailed condition reports and recommendations for conservation. Ian works with local councils and conservation organisations to ensure compliance with heritage guidelines. His approach to conservation work takes into account the materials involved, the condition of the ironwork, the historical value and legal restrictions.

Courses

Courses

Having set up and run the highly-regarded Ferrocity School of Blacksmithing in Australia, Ian now offers training courses in blacksmithing at all levels here in the UK. Sign up for a friendly, fascinating and fulfilling experience. Enquire about courses in the Contact section below.

COURSES

******* NEXT COURSE: 23rd June 2018. PLEASE EMAIL IAN FOR DETAILS OF THIS AND FUTURE COURSES *******

Please note spaces are now limited for this course. Please contact us for details of future dates.

The basic Introduction to Blacksmithing course operates as a one-day class costing £145. The course begins at 9.30am on a Saturday and finishes around 4pm the same day. The course covers the six essential forging techniques: Bending (typically turning an eye); Drawing Down (reducing a section of steel to a point); Jumping Up (increasing a section of steel); Punching (making a hole); Cutting (using a hot-set or chisel); Fire Welding (welding two pieces of metal in the forge). Participants will use all of these techniques to create a piece of work to take home.

Our classes are designed for a maximum of four students, and we never exceed this number. This guarantees each participant a high degree of individual tuition in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

Blacksmithing is for everyone! All you need is a basic level of fitness, to be aged 14 years or more, and to be prepared to give heart and soul for a short time to our fascinating craft.

Here is some feedback from students on our courses:

“Dave had a great time – he kept raving about the lessons and is keen to sign up for the next course.  Thanks for making his weekend so enjoyable!”  – A.G.

“I had a great time at the course and came away feeling I had had a very good introduction to the black (!) art of blacksmithing” – P.S.

“Great weekend, learned a lot. I’ll keep in touch. I am putting together a forge set-up at home” – Peter.

 

Come and Work with Us

Contact Info

 

Please also consider visiting the sites of friends of ours, fellow craftsmen in different fields with whom we have worked, and who also take a great pride and joy in their work:

Mushroom of Farnham – shepherds’ huts and summerhouses

Avenue Landscapes – garden design and construction

We are a member of the National Heritage Ironwork Group:

NHIG







1 week ago

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The planters are filled, work on the rose arch continues.... ... See MoreSee Less

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Remember the scene in stainless steel to be viewed from both sides which fits into the top of a single oak garden gate from a few weeks ago? Here's the finished article, complete with a pair of hinges to hang the gate with. The finished scene has a fence running left and right vanishing into the distance. In the open gateway is the cow with its calf basking under the sun. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Parmenter Forge

The first of the rose tunnel end rings is just about complete, all that is left to do is apply an inner and outer textured beading to break up the expanse of the Corten. This ring will be fitted on site by burying the first 400mm and angle stake into the ground and concreting. More to follow... ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Parmenter Forge

The next phase of the Corten Iron work is under way. Today we started cutting out the sections of steel that will form the 3mtr Diameter end rings to the 11Mtr long rose tunnel. This tunnel will lead into the area with the raised Corten beds. ... See MoreSee Less

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All that remains is to fill them with soil. ... See MoreSee Less

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