The company Atelier d’Œuvres de Forge was founded in 1994 by Nicolas Henry, its present manager. His training in “building and techniques” has continually been backed up by specialities from the art world (drawing, decorative techniques, painting, etc.) which he was trained in from his youth by parents famous in their field.
Today we have a team of nine highly qualified and skilled craftsmen capitalising on dozens of years’ experience in doing fancy ironwork, lock-making and one-off commissions on listed historic buildings in France. Our workshop is devoted to making specific one-off items related to the traditional techniques of French ironwork and lock-making. From our workshop in the Dordogne we can travel anywhere in France or abroad (USA, Guyana, Britain, Asia, etc).
On both new creations and restoration projects, we mainly make screens, handrails, balconies, balustrades, precision metalwork and fancy ironwork for doors and windows, one-off works of art, fittings for museums or identical copies of rare pieces.
We do have computers in our design office to handle your requests (drawing in particular) but we remain convinced that only with the movements of the hand, full-scale hand-drawn designs, and workshop diagrams, can we create with taste and reconstitute faithfully what the eye expects.
We own a workshop with 650 square metres of work area with nine full workstations, 3 TIG/MIG welding machines, 3 forges, anvils, workbenches, flat hydraulic press, vertical press, plasma cutter, spot welder, portable forge, multi-purpose punching machine, 3 bending machines, hydraulic shears, micro-sander, lathe and milling machine, drill presses, 2 drop hammers, cold forging press, paint booth, miscellaneous tools, stocks of iron from traceable sources, pure iron, copper, brass, bronze, ironmongery, 3 lorries.
Several years of designs, archives and a rich library of books and models complete our records.
The company is qualified QUALIBAT 4413 – 4432 (Technical Ironwork proficiency) and 4493 (Fancy ironwork); it also has welding qualification EN287 that we update regularly to comply with the expectations and requirements of the inspection bureaux.