Handmade to last
From pouring to packing, each stage is performed by our own fair hands — making us the only ironwork company whose products are genuinely handmade in Britain from start to finish.
Dave gets the ball rolling by creating the distinctive patterns from which every Kirkpatrick product is born.
Chris skilfully makes the moulds by pressing the patterns into a special box filled with black sand.
Paul adds pig iron to the induction furnace, which is heated to a melting point of 1,200 °C.
Kevin collects the molten iron as it is poured from the tipped furnace into pre-heated pots.
Ransford needs a steady hand to evenly pour the molten iron into different moulds.
David removes the heavy weights from moulds (which stop the iron exploding) and it begins to cool.
Dave moves the moulds and taps off the sand, to reveal the fresh new casting underneath.
Stuart puts the castings with metallic shot into a barrelling machine to smooth away rough edges.
Mark places the castings into pots which are heated to 1,000 °C – making the iron strong yet malleable.
Martin takes the castings, which have undergone further shot blasting, and separates each into storage boxes.
David grinds away the rough edges and unwanted seams to give the castings a smarter finish.
Bill completes the smoothing and rounding of each individual piece with a quick file down.
Sandra hand drills individual holes on each casting for accuracy and to give a high quality, durable finish.
Dave assembles a range of our products by attaching, hammering and expertly screwing them together.
Michael makes sure the castings never rust by hanging and dipping each one in protective paint.
Dean sprays our products with a powder coating for a great finish, before baking them again for extra durability.
Tracy makes sure every product is packed with the same care and attention that goes into making them.
Mark works hard to ensure every customer receives their Kirkpatrick products in good time.
It takes over six weeks to create every Kirkpatrick product, each providing a lifetime of enjoyment.