Who are we ?


We design and create bespoke metalwork, staircase balustrades and architectural bronze work.

Forging Matters has over 25 years’ experience in the metalwork trade.
We mainly serve London and the South of England but we can be tempted further afield by projects that capture our imagination.

We excel at managing bespoke projects and creating complex three dimensional work and we know how to translate customers’ concepts into the required components to make them a reality.

The trained craftsmen in our workshop are dedicated to achieving the highest quality in every aspect of their work. This commitment is built into all of our procedures and processes, and it shows in the finished result.
It does also influence lead times as there are practical limits to how far we can expand production without affecting the quality of the work.

Lead Times

Lead times range from 3 to 4 weeks to 3 to 4 months depending on the project and the work load at the time of order. A premium service is available to accommodate tight deadlines where practically possible but we recommend getting us on board early on in the project: production slots can be reserved for 10% of the project value and our input at this stage can help with smooth integration of the work later on.


Initial consultations and designs are provided free of charge.
Metalwork is priced up front based on material costs and estimated manufacturing time, there are no hidden or extra charges unless there is a clear change to the project specifications that we both agree to in writing. Please see the commissioning blog for more details.

Quality and Security

Quality and customer satisfaction, along with experience, original design and competitive pricing, are the pillars the business is built on.

  • We carry Public and Products Liability, Professional Indemnity and Contractors All Risk insurance.
  • Our working practices comply with the Construction (Design and Management) regulations 2007, including CDM Files, Method Statements, Risk Assessments, COSHH compliance and SSSTS trained site.


Our workshop includes extensive setting out, forging, shaping, fabrication and finishing facilities. We work in steel, stainless steel, aluminium, zinc, brass, manganese bronze, phosphor bronze, silicon bronze, aluminium bronze and copper-nickel and nickel-silver alloys.

Some finishing processes, including bronze patina work on copper alloys, are done in-house. Others are outsourced to trusted and evaluated suppliers, along with processes such as laser and profile cutting, casting, machining, extrusions, wooden handrail manufacture and glass.

The Magicians


Meet our team of metalworking experts.

Robert Kranenborg
Robert Kranenborg

Company Director

Project development and design, surveys, blacksmithing and specialist hot work, non-ferrous.


Foreman & Fabrication

Oversight and assembly of the work, master fabricator, problem solving and jig manufacture.


Special Finishes

Development, preparation and application of patinas and waxes.


Component Preparation

Component preparation and maintenance.


Fabrication & Hot Work

Fabrication, non-ferrous and hot work.


Fabrication & Polishing

Fabrication, non-ferrous and polishing expert.


Machining and CAD

CNC machining expert and CAD Guru.


Have an idea or a project, lets collaborate and build something beautiful

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