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Sussex Blacksmith

Sussex’s Artisan, Contemporary Metalworkers

Our busy forge has been the site of our passionate blacksmith’s service for more than 34 years. In that time, we’ve supplied countless clients across East & West Sussex in locations including East Grinstead, Brighton, Hove and Hastings.

We are proud of the dependable, creative service we provide – you can read more about what we do below, or head straight to our contact page if you have a project already in mind!


National Award-Winning Iron Forging & Restoration

As a well-established Sussex blacksmith, we have the benefit of two forms of our craft to draw from – traditional and contemporary.

We add modern skills to techniques that have been used by professional smiths for hundreds of years, to create unique, stylish and beautifully designed products for our clients. Most of the work we do is for bespoke projects, which can draw the eye, define a room or transform a space.

We enjoy the various challenges that the diverse range of homes in Sussex brings – from tight urban spaces to sweeping rural gardens.

We create pieces for purposes including:

Award Winning Sussex Blacksmith - Recent Awards

If you have a design idea for metal piece or just a need for something special – you can trust that your product will be created to the highest blacksmithing standards. Our Sussex blacksmith – Rhys Harlin AWCB – has competed at events and competitions the length and breadth of the country. Most recently, he was reserve Live Champion (live forging) in 2016 and winner of the 2016 National Champion Blacksmith event.


Timeless Design & Enduring Ironwork

Here at Darenth Valley Forge, we’re not just metalworkers – we’re also passionate designers. We love the properties of iron – its rigidity in its cold state and its flexibility when hot. We love the scope it gives us to create stunning, eye catching designs for our clients across Sussex.

Some come to us with a clear idea of what they would like, which we make a reality. Others look to Rhys to produce designs that will ‘wow’ them or perfectly suit a given project. Either way, we are enthusiastic about taking on design-and-build projects for private and public clients in Sussex alike.

If you’ve got a fledgling idea, then let us make it a reality! We will start by transposing your vision onto paper in sketch form (see right) for your approval. We’ll then use all of the metalworking techniques available to us to transform that design into a real, unique iron piece for your Sussex home, garden or workplace.

Bespoke Ironwork Design from a Sussex Artisan Blacksmith - Sketches

A variety of styles to draw from

We draw from a broad range of stylistic influences during the design phase of a project. If you have a strong vision, then we can work directly with that. Or you may request our input on the design process, in which case we could draw from a traditional Victorian theme, a Gothic style or – particularly for outdoor pieces – floral patterns and natural shapes.

We love using features like Gothic arches, heavy bars and square corners. Fortunately, our blacksmith has studied widely in the different smithing techniques and has a huge amount of knowledge and experience to draw from. We can bring (almost!) any vision to life.

Get in touch with your Sussex artisan blacksmith today! Email info@darenthvalleyforge.co.uk or hit the link below to use our contact form:

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Iron Electronic Gates from our portfolio - Sussex Bespoke Iron Gates

Interior Bespoke Ironwork pieces - Sussex Contemporary Blacksmith

Artistic contemporary ironwork railings - Sussex


Servicing clients across East Sussex, West Sussex & the South East