About Black Fox Metalcraft

Black Fox Metalcraft specialize in the design and manufacture of quality decorative metalwork products such as weathervanes, traditional style swinging farm signs, forgework and one off metalcraft pieces. To see some examples of our work insitu, please take a look at our customer gallery.

The business is based near Manchester, and is run by myself, (designer, blacksmith, welder and artist), my partner Richard (welder, fabricator, and technician/engineer) and Dave Cox maintaining the website.

Richard Plasma Cutting  Black Fox Metalcraft Workshop  Jenny Welding a weathervane    

Incorporated as a Limited Company in early 2012 when Richard joined me full time in the workshop, Black Fox Metalcraft has quickly gained a reputation for its unique, adaptable high quality products.

We are based in Failsworth, Lancashire in a workshop that was originally built in the late Victorian era as the offices and stables for a large laundry. We have a showroom on site and visitors are always welcome, but please phone first to make sure we are in.

The Creation Of Black Fox

After completeing a degree in design & visual arts, I pursued a career in set design. One particular project at the Royal Northern College of Music ignited my interest in metalwork. I initially took City & Guilds courses in TIG welding along with a blacksmithing course before completing an apprenticeship in welding at Wilkinson Star.

Richard also completed City & Guilds qualifications in MIG welding and an apprenticeship through Wilkinson Star following his passion for vintage cars and motorbikes, and a desire to move into a more creative career. He is now looking to complete a higher level course in fabrication to enable Black Fox to easily explore and grow into new areas of design.

The biggest inspiration for our designs is the environment around us; the shapes and forms found in nature lend themselves perfectly to decorative metalwork. Our passion for Gothic and Victorian architecture is also evident in our products, as is Art Nouveau illustration and the ironwork of its time. Looking back to these classic English and European styles of craft and design and adding a modern and personal twist is what makes our unique work stand out.  I spend a lot of time researching, visiting exhibitions, taking photographs and generally looking for inspiration in all areas of life, as we are eager to be constantly developing new ideas and designs. We especially welcome commissions and one off projects.

Thanks for visiting our website, and we hope that you like our designs. Any questions, comments, or to place an order please ring or email, we are always happy to hear from you.

Jenny Reed & Richard Phizacklea

Company Directors