Bulbourne is a small community two miles north of Tring in Herts. A narrow road bridge crosses the Grand Union Canal with the Grand Junction Arms pub on one side and several 19th century canal workshops, managed by the River & Canal Trust, on the other. One of the buildings, dated 1908, currently houses the Bulbourne Forge. Trading as Hammer & Tongs, it uses many traditional metalworking skills, including the hand-forging of hot metal.
Paul Elliott, a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, founded the company in 1988. He heads a team of other skilled artist-blacksmiths who work on all sizes of commissions for a variety of clients. Hammer & Tongs manufactures and restores steel gates, wrought-iron railings, metal balconies, garden sculptures, public art commissions and architectural ironwork restorations.
Most of the photographs were taken in July 2016.
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