Author Archives: Nick Bates

About Nick Bates

I'm a Blacksmith working in Surrey, England, UK. My business, Burrows Lea Forge operates from a Forge just outside Guildford in the village of Shere. I've been trading as a Blacksmith since 1992. Burrows Lea Forge specialises in hot forged Ironwork, designing and making bespoke items for both the public and domestic markets. To the casual onlooker, there seems to be two sides to my business, Artist Blacksmith and Traditional Forge worker, but as an Artisan I see no difference, if you love forging hot metals as I do.... its all the same!


Christmas and New year seem a while back now. Although very welcome, the holiday break disrupted our schedule again (if you’ve read the previous Blogs you’ll know we started a week late due to site preparation problems). With that said, … Continue reading

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The time has come for photos! I’m not going to exhibit photos that are mundane and official. I believe a website doesn’t warrant it. Instead I’m posting photos that are interesting and offer an inside and privileged view of this … Continue reading

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Record, describe and collate.

More rotten weather and still playing catch up but things are looking up at the end of week 1 … 29 to go. The task of accurately quantifying our work is midway, each section has been photographed, measured and the … Continue reading

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