Our Affiliations

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We understand the importance of belonging to professional organizations. Membership brings credence to a professional’s place in the industry and offers great value in broadening knowledge, building resumes, and enhancing networks. At Noble Forge, we are members of the following three associations, all of which speak to our focus – to feature, share and commission the work of our Artist-Blacksmith, Phillip Bowling.

CBA, California Blacksmith Association is a “nonprofit corporation dedicated to educating smiths and preserving the art and craft of blacksmithing.” This organization holds several events and classes throughout the year. Blacksmithing is an old art, but there are always new things to learn, new inspirations to find and new methods and trends to take in.

ABANA, Artist-Blacksmith’s Association of North America, is another amazing organization. They are “dedicated to perpetuating the noble art of blacksmithing.” The basic definition of a blacksmith is “one who shapes and forges with hammer and anvil.” This organization understands that the artist-blacksmith intertwines the function of blacksmithing with aesthetic in order to create art. ABANA offers educational programs, resources and opportunities to connect with fellow artists, architects, and interior designers.

NOMMA, the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association is a trade association. Their members “produce a full spectrum of ornamental and miscellaneous metalwork, ranging from railings to driveway gates, and from sculpture to light structural steel.” They too offer continuing education and are proud of their role in the founding of the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.

At Noble Forge, we offer design expertise in architectural iron, custom art pieces, lighting, fireplace accessories, metal furniture, patio furniture, custom gates, doors and chandeliers. If it can be made from metal, we can make it. Furthermore, if you wish for it to become a showcase item for your home, yard or office, let us share with you the eye of our artist, Phillip Bowling. We will work with you to create a vision that that will last for generations to come.

The Garden Trellis

Garden TrellisOften times when creating a stunning garden, different heights and textures are introduced to enhance the natural beauty while adding function.  There are many different structures that can accomplish the task.  Garden structures include:  pergolas, gates, fences, arbors, and trellises.  Most of the time these structures are made from wood but there is an alternative to wood, iron.  When treated properly, iron garden structures can last for generations and add an intrinsic beauty to any garden.  Iron adds a contrasting texture, natural beauty and durability that wood does not.  Of course, we are biased because we at Noble Forge love metal.  Perhaps you love metal too and would love to love your garden.  You might consider adding custom iron pieces to anchor the design idea of your dreams.

Custom Garden Trellis with Roses

“Can you make a custom iron trellis?”  A customer came to us looking to add some height and structure to their backyard in the form of a rose garden trellis.  The iron trellis would need to be beautiful and functional, allowing roses to grow up the trellis distracting from a large white brick fireplace found in the back of the house.  The customer also wanted the piece to have contrasting colors enhance the detail of the piece.  We designed a custom garden trellis that could be planted in the ground and allows the roses planted in the front to grow up the trellis.

Garden Trellis with baseNot long after, a friend of the first customer saw the garden trellis Noble Forge had built wanted a similar design for their house.  However, they wanted it with a base to be placed on the patio with potted plants nearby, more a custom metal sculpture than a trellis.  One of the many benefits to having a custom built garden structure is that you can make modifications to the design to meet your particular needs.  Base, no base, color, height, etc. can all be changed for you.  That’s what custom built and handmade is all about.   Custom iron structures in your garden might be the exact thing you have been looking for to complete that vision.  If you have been searching for an alternative to wood and all the maintenance associated with wood, consider iron.  Those living in a hot, dry climate, or wet, moist environment know that wood tends to fall apart quickly, or is in constant need of repair.  Iron, when treated properly, does not require a lot of maintenance to stay looking beautiful for an extended period of timel.   It gives a whole new meaning to garden art and garden structures when you consider custom iron works.

Below are additional photos of the two garden trellises with the detail of the metal work as well as the different colors of the metal.  Noble Forge is ready to design and build your custom garden structure in iron.

Custom Iron Garden Trellis Detail  Garden Trellis Twist Detail

Custom Garden Trellis Detail  Custom Iron Garden Art