Eastwell Ironworks was established by Leigh Smallwood in 1997. Leigh began his career as an apprentice boilermaker at HM Dockyard Chatham. Over four years he was taught about working with metal, acquiring the skills of the trade, riveting, shaping and welding. Though he hadn’t been considered an artist at school, failing to shine in the traditional skills of drawing and painting, Leigh did have a love of sculpture and working with clay which was often on display at his school.
This love of 3D artistry grew the more he learnt about metalwork and he took this passion home, turning his garage into a workshop where he would work on projects for friends and family. He eventually outgrew his garage and when people began encouraging him to set up his own metalwork business, Leigh bit the bullet and Eastwell Ironworks was born.
The company has a strong traditional and family-led ethos and Leigh is proud to have brought Craig Beatty through the ranks. Craig joined as an apprentice in 2006 and is responsible for some of the amazing works you will see at our workshop in New Romney and in various locations around the country. Our works have gone all over the UK, Sweden, Germany, France & Australia.
Our dedicated team has learnt the age-old craft of English metalwork from apprentice level and onwards. They have a wealth of experience in the metalworking industry using both modern and traditional techniques.
Eastwell Ironworks prides itself on its high levels of quality, customer service and satisfaction. We receive many testimonials from clients and are recommended by Kent Trading Standards, we are also winners of Best of Houzz in Service 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.