Forge kitchenware

Traditionally hand forged kitchenware and cooking utensils, made in our Somerset workshop. Each piece is individually forged by a small team of skilled craftsmen dedicated to producing the highest quality work. We make for the home kitchen, outdoor catering and restaurants.


WHERE TO BUY

You can buy Alex’s products at the following events or by visiting him by appointment at The Forge.

Frome Independant Market1st Sun of Month London Craft Week10-13 May Bovey Travey Craft Fair11-13 Jun
River Cottage Spring Fair20-24 Jun Port Elliot Festival20-21 Jul Meatopia1 Aug-2 Sep

HOW IT’S MADE

To start to understand the life of a blacksmith one has to start to understand the process to which he or she dedicates their life, the fundamental practice that they work at on a daily basis.

FORGING – “to shape metal by heating in a furnace and hammering.”

This is the very heart of the blacksmiths art – to take the steel to the correct temperature in the forge, place it on the anvil and to strike repeatedly until the metal has cooled and then returned to the fire for more heat. Heat, strike, repeat! A smith can spend many hours at a time, or even days and weeks, repeatedly heating and striking until the desired shape is reached.

Temperature and hammering technique are, in my opinion, the two most fundamental skills to that anyone will need to lean to be able to progress in the smithy.

Of these two temperature is probably the most crucial thing to master and for this the smith gauges by colour, not with a thermometer but by eye (and plenty of experience!). Steel starts to become soft (or plasticized) at around 650°C (dark red) but is not truly ready to forge until it is 850°C (bright orange) and is ideally forged at 1000°C (bright yellow) for the most efficient results. Yes it is possible to forge steel at low temperatures (unless it is high carbon) but the difference in 150°C to its plasticity is huge. However over heating the steel will result in it burning and becoming useless – this happens at around 1250°C. So reaching the right heat for a particular operation is crucial and considering that the smith might strike 20-30,000 times a day something they want to get this right!

Every piece of Forge Kitchenware starts as a simple bar of steel, we then heat and work these bars until they have reached the correct size, shape and style.

Simple forms, clean lines and functionality – these are the foundations of our work.

Making objects that are built to last is extremely important to us at The Forge and we hope that you get many years of use, and pleasure, from our utensils.

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Photographs © Tim Booth