One of the fundamentals of Bisca is the relationship between the workshop and the Design Studio. Respecting each other’s discipline allows our craftsmen to work to their full potential and concentrate on building the commission and quality of finish.
hand built by craftsmen
The skill and experience of our workforce is a very important element when it comes to satisfied customers. The workshop craftsmen are multi-skilled individuals who are fearlessly competent in metalwork, cabinet-making, blacksmithing, welding and polishing. To foster versatility there is no demarcation of roles and all staff are experienced in working with glass, timber, acrylics, leather or metal materials. Their wealth of experience allows them to marry century-old skills with modern technology in the creation of your commission.
As well as being equipped with the traditional fabricating equipment for welding, polishing, cutting etc, the workshop also has its own blacksmith shop, including a forge, a 5cwt Massey power hammer and fly and hydraulic presses.
Having a forge in house gives Bisca the ability to be creative in this specialist field. Hot metalwork is a serious discipline and as our designers are in close proximity to the forge and understand its boundaries, they can therefore incorporate the creative element that forge work can bring into design.
The Massey power hammer dates from circa 1920 and, due to the way the motor is attached to the hammer, is thought to originate from a merchant navy vessel. It then spent some time in the British Rail workshops in Norwich before being sold for scrap at a sale in Darlington in 1998. It was commissioned in 1999 to the original drawings and in 2010 was refurbished again. It is now good for regular use for the next 10 years!