How do you make sure that years of traditional blacksmithing skills are not lost in a modern world? You combine them with state of the art technology.
Father and son team, engineers Paul and Brent Steed created Arthur Francis using a play on their respective middle names. By blending Paul’s heritage craft and commercial fabrication experience with Brent’s contemporary engineering know-how, they created their first range of unique garden sculptures. The team works with a range of materials but are known as Corten steel specialists.
As the business grew Arthur Francis welcomed more family members onboard and expanded to partner with landscape designers and architectural practices for projects that include commercial signage and one-of-a-kind sculptures.
With over 50 years of engineering experience, Paul has crafted a multitude of spectacular pieces, from narrow boats to industrial machinery, using traditional methods. Visualising and creating unique garden sculptures has always been a particular passion of Paul’s though, as he enjoys helping people to make their garden a haven.
When Paul isn’t busy in the garden, he spends time oil painting and escaping to the countryside on his motorbike.
Learning valuable, inside knowledge from his father’s traditional experience, Brent has been an engineer for the past 15 years and brings a contemporary aspect to the business. He enjoys every stage of the sculpture process, from the initial CAD designs to the production stage, where he ensures every bespoke item meets Arthur Francis’s high standards.
Outside of work, Brent enjoys fixing retro items, like his Ferguson tractor, plus the odd round of golf.
Amy keeps the family business organised, staying up to date with all the admin and ensuring all deadlines are met. She is also responsible for product checking before arranging deliveries.
In Amy’s spare time, she enjoys being outside and gardening. She likes to travel when she can too.
Paul maintains the running order of production from when a design has been approved or a new order has been placed. He uses the Plasma cutting machine and ensures all measurements are correct before cutting commences.
Paul is a great guitarist and enjoys relaxing with his family outside of work.
Kev has worked in a customer-facing role in the packaging industry for over 40 years and excels at problem solving, especially when it comes to deliveries. Now our delivery driver, Kev safely takes our bespoke designs from our workshop to their new home in your garden. When he’s not driving for work, Kev enjoys taking care of his classic car and motorbike collection.
We’d love to work with you to design and create something really special.
Get in touch for a no-obligation chat to discuss your ideas.