Cast Iron Fire Back with Rising Sun Motif, Mark Lewis Design 2007-2017
The traditional offer of pre-cast iron antiquated coats of arms was felt to have become “old hat” and not the thing for this current era of minimal interiors enhanced by a real fire opening rather than the gas ones seen in most new developments.
Mark drafted a design for a pub, The Rising Sun. A pattern was made of the design. The pattern is then machined in ply, the edges of which are beveled with a 15’ incline. The incline leaning away from the face of the relief once in the mould would ensure that the pattern could be lifted from the damp sand: the mould is imprinted into a sand bed and, once removed, the hollow that is left takes the molten iron when poured from the cauldron for it to set. The sand is then pushed away from the iron shape to reveal the casting.
Two fire backs were made.
Multiples of the design in cast iron are possible and have become the first in a developing range of contemporary cast iron fire backs.
The grade of steel used is high and its girth thick. The weight of each item bears testimony to this.
In addition to bespoke commissions, Mark is working to develop a product range of wrought iron and cast iron artefacts which will combine the essence of the craft with ingenuity, style and the practical requirements of the home and garden.