Terrace railings, a beautiful trellis and arch and a purpose built bookcase.

What a busy year 2016 was! 2017 is not seeing the pace slow down either. We're not complaining!

Here's a sample of the variety of interesting projects that we have been asked to do just before the end of the year.

Warm autumn days saw us working near Montagudet in the lovely Tarn-et-Garonne department. A neat terrace on two levels with steps leading down to the garden requiring some metal railings to replace the slowly rotting wooden ones.

 

 The old wooden railings that were taken out to be replaced by metal ones.

The old wooden railings that were taken out to be replaced by metal ones.

Slowly, over the day, each section of railings was installed.

 Railings laid out in sections on the grass, ready to install.

Railings laid out in sections on the grass, ready to install.

 First sections ready to fix and weld.

First sections ready to fix and weld.

 Rails for the steps down. Note the 'dog leg' around the downpipe.

Rails for the steps down. Note the 'dog leg' around the downpipe.

 Late afternoon sun now on the finished terrace railings.

Late afternoon sun now on the finished terrace railings.

Still in department 82 and not too far from Lauzerte, we were asked to create an undulating trellis with archway through, to provide some privacy to a pool and terrace area.

 The arch is set in place first. It frames a lovely view over the rolling hills beyond. Note the necessary 'tools of the trade' on this worksite!

The arch is set in place first. It frames a lovely view over the rolling hills beyond. Note the necessary 'tools of the trade' on this worksite!

 Swooping metal panels either side of the arch.

Swooping metal panels either side of the arch.

 All in place.

All in place.

 Arch and panels viewed from the terrace side.

Arch and panels viewed from the terrace side.

 A view from below the arch. Yes, that is a ball with spike reaching up to the sky!

A view from below the arch. Yes, that is a ball with spike reaching up to the sky!

 A view of the trellis and arch taken by the clients at sunset that day. Beautiful!

A view of the trellis and arch taken by the clients at sunset that day. Beautiful!

Coming indoors now and just before Christmas 2017, a complex and large undertaking. A contemporary bookcase or 'bibliothèque'. The whole structure was made in the workshop and then carefully cut into two halves to enable easier entry into the room and then re-assembled. Careful logistical preparation was required!

 The 'bare bones' frame of the bibliothèque in the workshop. Wooden shelves were made to measure and then inserted into the frame once it was in place.

The 'bare bones' frame of the bibliothèque in the workshop. Wooden shelves were made to measure and then inserted into the frame once it was in place.

 Manoeuvring the shelves into place.

Manoeuvring the shelves into place.

 Beginning to fill the shelves....

Beginning to fill the shelves....

 Loving the way the shelves fill this wall. 

Loving the way the shelves fill this wall. 

 A touch of Christmas on the bookshelves.

A touch of Christmas on the bookshelves.

From Summer to early Autumn 2017...some fascinating metalwork projects.

From Summer to early Autumn 2017...some fascinating metalwork projects.

Stunning metalwork by Ironwood Motif at Moulin de Latreille.

From stair rails to log holders via a glass porch, a pergola and a sturdy pool cover holder.

The variety of metalwork and ironwork projects continues apace this year.

We will allow the photos to speak for themselves!

 

 A contemporary twist to this overhead porch at a very pretty, stone house.

A contemporary twist to this overhead porch at a very pretty, stone house.

 Unusual, 'scallop' design for this beautiful and majestic pergola. Tensioned cables form the roof to support a growing vine.

Unusual, 'scallop' design for this beautiful and majestic pergola. Tensioned cables form the roof to support a growing vine.

 A beautiful and simply curving log holder which, indoors, could also form the base for a console table!

A beautiful and simply curving log holder which, indoors, could also form the base for a console table!

 ...or outside, it can do its job of holding a mighty stack of logs!

...or outside, it can do its job of holding a mighty stack of logs!

 An unusual one here, fabricating strong and robust end supports for a very long pool cover holder. Note the addition of strong, locking castors for ease of moving it about.

An unusual one here, fabricating strong and robust end supports for a very long pool cover holder. Note the addition of strong, locking castors for ease of moving it about.

 Railings to enclose a pool area. The start of 'cow proofing' the whole area!

Railings to enclose a pool area. The start of 'cow proofing' the whole area!

 A nice detail here to accommodate a change in height.

A nice detail here to accommodate a change in height.

 A lovely project - simple, uncluttered style railings on a Japanese style staircase with inbuilt under storage.

A lovely project - simple, uncluttered style railings on a Japanese style staircase with inbuilt under storage.

 ..and a view from beneath the staircase of the 'hidden' fixings. 

..and a view from beneath the staircase of the 'hidden' fixings. 

 A tower, a narrow curving staircase and the need for a handrail for a safe ascent and descent. Very simple, forged end handrail, finished in clear varnish.

A tower, a narrow curving staircase and the need for a handrail for a safe ascent and descent. Very simple, forged end handrail, finished in clear varnish.

 A view of the handrail from the top of the curving staircase.

A view of the handrail from the top of the curving staircase.

Ironwood Motif. A pergola project in the April sunshine.

Our latest project, in the bright, unusually hot sunshine of an April day is to install a pergola over a small courtyard to support a vine and a rambling rose. The roof of the pergola is formed of steel cable and tensioners. Fighting off the abundant rose with its determined thorns and the blossoming wisteria beset by hard working bees we were able to support the large, old vine whilst installing the new structure beneath.

 

 The beautiful wisteria almost filling this terrace area.

The beautiful wisteria almost filling this terrace area.

 The new pergola viewed from above. Tensioned cables across the roof provide strong support.

The new pergola viewed from above. Tensioned cables across the roof provide strong support.

 View from below of the pergola, looking up to the wisteria.

View from below of the pergola, looking up to the wisteria.

 View of the pergola from the road. Next project here is to replace the gate and fence. Coming very soon....!

View of the pergola from the road. Next project here is to replace the gate and fence. Coming very soon....!

Ironwood Motif, 2016, A year in View. A year of variety.

Ironwood Motif, 2016, A year in View. A year of variety.

Contemporary-style railings at a traditional farmhouse on the Causses de Cajarc.