New Chiswell Green forge – St Albans blacksmith!

Hello! The new forge at Chiswell Green, St Albans is nearly ready to host some hot metal hammering!

Petefire Artist Blacksmith, Chiswell Green, St Albans, Herts, England

Here’s the rustically painted Petefire logo on one of the 4 large doors that’ll be open on summer days, looking out over the lake to Hertfordshire countryside.

Got a metalwork / blacksmith enquiry?

Contact us on peter@petefire.co.uk, 01923 350596, John 0777 999 1551 or Peter 07854 363630.

Petefire Artist Blacksmith forge at Chiswell Green, St Albans, Herts, England

My connections are with Watford – that’s where I spent my first years until I was 13, we then moved to Abbots Langley. Until spring 2020 my forge was in Bushey, Herts. The new forge is in Chiswell Green – on the outskirts of St Albans, so I’ll be getting to know St Albans a bit more.

We keen to develop local links

We’re keen to make connections with the local community, and want to be identified as a Chiswell Green business. We’ll also be visiting local businesses over the next for weeks to introduce the forge.

Over time we would like Chiswell Green people to become proud that there’s a blacksmith forge in their area.

My work comes from Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans and the surrounding towns and villages.

In the wider area, it also comes from south west Herts, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and north London.

I’m happy to work for people and businesses from anywhere.

I’m proud to now be a St Albans blacksmith! I’m not forgetting Watford & Hemel Hempstead.

You can contact me with enquiries, or to make appointment. Here’s the Petefire Artist Blacksmith contact page.

Petefire forge location

Hanrox Meadows
Blunts Lane
Chiswell Green
Herts
AL2 3NJ

Watford’s Armistice Day fire beacon

Petefire Artist Blacksmith, Watford 100th Anniversary fire beacon

Smoke, sparks and flames filled the November night air as Watford’s elected Mayor, Peter Taylor lit the 100th Anniversary Armistice Day fire beacon at the south end of Watford Museum’s front garden.

The Watford Armistice Day beacon lighting was one of over 1,000 lit throughout the UK at 7pm on Sunday 11th November to commemorate the end of the darkness of the First World War and a return to peace.

The remembrance ceremony included readings by Mayor Peter Taylor; Hertfordshire’s Lord-Lieutenant, Robert Voss; Watford Borough Council councillor, Rabi Martins and Jan Rees of Watford Arts Society.

Petefire Artist Blacksmith was commissioned to forge Watford’s Armistice beacon by Watford Borough Council. Sarah Kerenza Priestly, curator of Watford Museum said, ‘Watford Museum is proud to support local artists and businesses.’

Petefire Artist Blacksmith, Watford 100th Anniversary beacon

Peter helped on the evening by filling the Armistice Day beacon with wood, and a couple of strategically placed firelighters with a generous layer of wood shavings near the bottom, Petefire also loaned a decorative forged lighting stick, with paraffin-soaked Kevlar.

Watford’s fire station is just across the road on Watford’s Lower High Street and very kindly loaned a long ladder to assist with lighting the beacon – they commented that their job was to put fires out – not to help light them!

Peter Williamson said, ‘We are very proud to have been commissioned to design and make the fire beacon.’

The beacon will be stored along with it’s wooden pole for future commemorative events in Watford.

Petefire Artist Blacksmith, Watford 100th Anniversary beacon
100th Anniversary Armistice Day fire beacon with Watford Museum in background
Petefire Artist Blacksmith, Watford 100th Anniversary beacon
With some of the Watford Museum team Luke Clark, Lewis Butler & Sarah Kerenza Priestley
Petefire Artist Blacksmith, Watford 100th Anniversary beacon

Two Peters – Peter Williamson with Watford’s Elected Mayor Peter Taylor

Petefire Artist Blacksmith, Watford 100th Anniversary beacon
Watford 100th Anniversary beacon lights up the night sky