The Design Process
Stage 1: Brief
Once the Donkeywell Forge design team has recieved the intial enquiry and we gather all relevant information regarding the dimensions, the location of the ironwork, fixing and finish. We then use an archive of traditional ironwork designs and our own portfolio of work to refine the style and design of the ironwork. This also gives an idea of how may elements will be involved, what kind of process this project will require and how much time it will take to complete.
Below there is a step by step example of a client who commissioned donkeywell forge to design and create a new set of gates to replace the “off the shelf” gates that were at the property, the design was to be pulled from the ironwork of the gate and railings that already existed at the property so that it would be in keeping with their surroundings and incorporate ornate traditionally made elements.
At this stage we often create physical samples in the forge using our traditional and modern ironworking techniques to show our clients exactly what the design will look like.