Ged Kennett lives and works at Nettlecombe, a small country estate on the edge of Exmoor, in south west England.
Ged has been metalworking since 1995 and started his own business in 1997. After a few years of working to commission, making fine hand forged domestic ironwork, Ged discovered a need for beautifully designed and crafted cabinet fittings and started to concentrate in this area. He has been making handles ever since.
Originally working on his own, in a small dark workshop, his business steadily grew. Ged now has two workshops, full of beautiful old machinery, two full time workshop assistants and regular help with admin and packing. He also uses the talent of local metalworkers who produce various components for him in their own workshops. In 2009 he formed Contemporary Metals Ltd.
As a team they are dedicated to producing the finest quality fittings both in terms of design and manufacture, they constantly strive to improve their techniques of forming and finishing metal aspiring to produce flawless perfection. It’s easy to overlook the fact that their work employs the techniques of blacksmiths, processes which are traditionally used to produce much larger rougher work. Ged has refined these techniques, making his own special hammers and tools where necessary and has taught himself and his assistants how to use engineering equipment to ensure that not only are the handles beautiful they are also accurate.
Ged and his team are true craftsmen.