IAN PARMENTER, AWCB
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.
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.
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.
Pond CoverSculpture, Traditional
Hartley Wintney churchTraditional
Swell Sculpture FestivalSculpture
Railings & balconiesTraditional
Unfortunately due to sickness we are unable to offer any further courses at present. We love offering the courses and we know that they are always well received, so we are doing our best to get these up and running again soon. Please contact us for details of future dates. We are hoping to begin again in mid-2019.
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.