About Us

Contact Skell Wrought Iron

 All our products are hand crafted in Ripon    

Welcome to our website, I’m Chris Clarke.

Sadly, these days the market is flooded with cheap, inferior goods from China and the Far East.  This inevitably means that many traditional crafts, providing quality, long lasting items, are dying out. Where, once, the sight of the blacksmith in his forge was an common sight in almost every town and village, nowadays there are only 600 traditional blacksmiths remaining in the country.

Skell Wrought Iron (J.Clarke& Son) is a family run business started by my father over 60 years ago in the beautiful, cathedral city of Ripon in North Yorkshire.

I worked alongside my father whenever I could when I was young, learning his trade, and studied engineering when I left school. This led to a career as, firstly, a marine engineer in the Merchant Navy, and then further engineering work within the Health and Safety business.

In 1999 I took redundancy, as my father was ready to retire, and I felt the time was right to combine my engineering knowledge with the blacksmiths craft and skills I had learned from him, and to carry on the traditional family business.  We specialise in gates, railings, weather vanes, rose arches and hand rails, amongst many other things, and examples of Skell Wrought Iron’s work  can be seen all around Ripon and the surrounding areas.

All of our wrought iron work is either made either to our unique designs or to customer specific requirements -one offs, in contrast to the mass produced ironwork  commercially available elsewhere. It is all hand crafted, including the scrolls which are hot forged, and all made personally by me.

 Over the last 4 years, we have widely expanded our range to include many smaller items, that we sell on the internet and also at some of North Yorkshire’s traditional country shows. These items have proved to be extremely popular, and we have shipped items as far afield as Japan for unusual and individual present ideas.  These items include bird feeders, boot scrapers, jacks and wellie holders. We also make a variety of other items including bike racks, hanging basket brackets, house sign brackets and garden canes (just to name a few!). These items all make unique gift ideas as well as being a practical and attractive addition to your own home or garden. They can all be shipped via courier to any mainland UK address, for reasonable courier charges, depending on size and weight.

Please go onto our “buy now” and “products” pages to see examples of our work and ideas for designs.  If there is something you require and you cannot see it, please contact either myself or Liz, we will be happy to discuss your requirements with you.

Chris Clarke - Skell Wrought Iron

Phone 01765 601677 to order and pay by debit or credit card – no surcharge for card payments.

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