Henry Pomfret works from the well-equipped Bringsty Forge, just outside Bromyard in rural Herefordshire, from where he is able to provide a complete service from design, to making and on to installation (where required).
He has thirty years of experience in the art/craft of blacksmithing, ranging from running his own blacksmithing business in Buckinghamshire, forging in Africa, journeyman work for other leading smiths in the UK, teaching for nine years at the National School of Blacksmithing in Hereford, demonstrating and teaching in the UK, USA and Canada.
He is able to undertake a wide range of commissions, from small domestic items and hardware through to larger exterior, architectural or sculptural works.
He welcomes enquiries from:
- Commissioning bodies
- Film, TV & theatre props departments
- Interior designers
- Landscape designers
- Places of worship
- Private companies
He is also willing to work with other artists on collaborative projects.
Henry is comfortable working in either historic styles or much more contemporary forms using traditional techniques of hot forging metal. He does not use mass produced components in his work, preferring to produce all elements himself. The age old techniques can be adapted for both traditional and more modern applications and in many cases are not only cost effective but more attractive.
The emphasis of Henry’s work is always on quality of workmanship, detail and finish. Forged metal has a different look and feel to work created from welded stock sections. Subtle or dramatic changes in section are possible. Every hammer blow will leave its mark and this unique texture gives the work life. To produce work of a high standard takes time and patience from the initial design, to workshop drawings, maquettes, samples etc. to the finished piece. The end result however, is a unique piece of work tailored to the needs and requirements of the client.
Although mild steel is the main medium for this work, other metals may also be forged, for example; wrought iron, stainless steel, copper, bronze, brass, aluminium and titanium. Henry will sometimes use several different metals within one piece or combine the use of metal with other materials such as wood, glass or stone.