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

Let's start back at the fabulous Moulin de Latreille in Calès, where we have worked before. A 13th century watermill beautifully placed on the river Ouysse. A homage to contemporary style, we were pleased to be invited to complete the extensive renovations that had taken place to the outdoor space by fitting another set of curving railings on the terrace.

 

Gorgeous outdoor space at Moulin de Latreille with curving railings that add the finishing touch to the top terrace.

Gorgeous outdoor space at Moulin de Latreille with curving railings that add the finishing touch to the top terrace.

More images below. Remember the lovely summer? What a great place to spend it! What great railings to keep you safe!

Sun and dappled shade...cool place to spend the summer!

Sun and dappled shade...cool place to spend the summer!

Lovely curves set off these simple but stunning handrails.

Lovely curves set off these simple but stunning handrails.

Moulin de Latreille, lantern and railings
Railings curve at a sharp angle to descend the steps.

Railings curve at a sharp angle to descend the steps.

'Prow' of the terrace with unobtrusive 'security' railings.

'Prow' of the terrace with unobtrusive 'security' railings.

Then an interesting project to tackle. To harmoniously fit some decorative metal panels and gate purchased second hand by customers into top-of-small-terrace balustrade and gate panel. The handrails were specially made for the project as were the 'frames' for carrying the metal panels.

Small terrace balustrade with specially made-to-fit metal handrail down some steep, stone steps.

Small terrace balustrade with specially made-to-fit metal handrail down some steep, stone steps.

Small terrace balustrade with gate. Gate and lower panels purchased by customer. 'Frames' and top rail made by Ironwood Motif.

Small terrace balustrade with gate. Gate and lower panels purchased by customer. 'Frames' and top rail made by Ironwood Motif.

View from the top of the small terrace.

View from the top of the small terrace.

A coq in waiting...!

A coq in waiting...!

Then, out of the blue and great little project!! A sign for a café/bar that opened at the beginning of September 2017 in a small village north of Périgueux in the Dordogne. Guess what they have called the café/bar?

The dismembered arm gives you an idea of size!

The dismembered arm gives you an idea of size!

Coq against background
Here it is in situ. Café/bar 'Le Coq'! Don't think you will miss it!

Here it is in situ. Café/bar 'Le Coq'! Don't think you will miss it!

Then a tiny break from working for customers to create something REALLY interesting and useful!  A kiln for making our own charcoal. Charcoal, useful not just in the barbecue but also for firing the forge. Created with a great re-use of materials we had lying about....and EXTREMELY successful. We have a good stock of fabulous charcoal now. The kiln has gone through several modifications to make the burn more efficient and the images below are of version 1. Version 2 has more insulation.

Charbonnier Version 1
Loaded with oak wood ready for the big burn!

Loaded with oak wood ready for the big burn!

Next to a place near Montaigu de Quercy where the owners are renovating an old 'tabagie' or smoking den/smoke house. They wanted railings and handrail to the mezzanine floor and on down the steps. 

The 'tabagie' undergoing renovation with the new mezzanine railings.

The 'tabagie' undergoing renovation with the new mezzanine railings.

Mezzanine railings viewed from below.

Mezzanine railings viewed from below.

Some significant height drops on the stairs to take account of.

Some significant height drops on the stairs to take account of.

Stair rail viewed from above.

Stair rail viewed from above.

Some mean bending had to be done to get the right angles and curves. That's wet paint from the touch up you see shining on the handrail...!

Some mean bending had to be done to get the right angles and curves. That's wet paint from the touch up you see shining on the handrail...!

Loving those curves..!

Loving those curves..!

Curved struts on the outside to add extra strength along the length of the handrail.

Curved struts on the outside to add extra strength along the length of the handrail.

Our most recent installation a pedestrian gate plus a set of double gates with a one third/two thirds opening arrangement.

View of the double gates and the single gate. Lovely, curving design. 

View of the double gates and the single gate. Lovely, curving design. 

Of interest here is that we re-used the existing hinges. The bottom hinge had been very cleverly made to enable the gate to rise up on opening to take account of the slope behind. It looks like it opens at a very odd angle but this works extremely well.

Of interest here is that we re-used the existing hinges. The bottom hinge had been very cleverly made to enable the gate to rise up on opening to take account of the slope behind. It looks like it opens at a very odd angle but this works extremely well.

Here's that 'rising hinge' in close up.

Here's that 'rising hinge' in close up.

...and they close perfectly!

...and they close perfectly!

Equally clever is the hinge for allowing the smaller half of the double gates to open outwards and in the opposite direction to the larger gate. We re-used that as well. Why not? Such a clever system that could not be bettered! 

Equally clever is the hinge for allowing the smaller half of the double gates to open outwards and in the opposite direction to the larger gate. We re-used that as well. Why not? Such a clever system that could not be bettered! 

Pedestrian gate.

Pedestrian gate.

The double gates in the early morning sunshine of an autumn day.

The double gates in the early morning sunshine of an autumn day.