The second project featured here is from Sion Hill, Clifton in Bristol. We are repairing and restoring a large mid-Victorian balcony and canopy. The original ironwork was created between 1845 and 1873. The canopy was in varying states of degradation because of its location with a perfect view overlooking Clifton suspension bridge but in full receipt of the weather from Clifton Gorge for the last 170 years. Now it has been removed and taken back to our workshop, all the paint has been stripped off revealing stamps of Abadaire Ironworks where it was originally fabricated.
It is a beautifully constructed piece, immaculately created and with perfectly fitting joints. The tenons that fit into the stanchion uprights have an incredibly accurate tight fit which impressed the team working on them. Many of the lead flower details and the cross-sections they sit on need replacing necessitating the creation of moulds of the original flowers in order to make perfect copies. Foot details have also needed replacing, this has been done using reclaimed wrought iron forged to match the originals.
And the third canopy project that we have just completed after many years in storage, is a beautiful Georgian porch structure that we removed from a property in Bristol. This is the same property that we created an enormous new canopy structure for in the same year. It is great to see this wonderful project finally complete!