Amongst the new products released at the Stirling Autumn Garden Festival was a beautiful French Provincial inspired wrought iron outdoor dining setting. When creating new pieces the brief is that not only should the item stand the test of time – as everything we make must, but also look fantastic. A lovely GRC table top with a rustic stone look was sourced and teamed with a beautiful, strong, hand-forged wrought iron table base. The wrought iron base would add a glamorous touch to any indoor dining room especially if teamed with a highly polished timber top, but for now it’s gracing my back verandah along with a wrought iron candle chandelier and lovely heavy wrought iron chairs.
wrought iron table on display at Stirling Garden Festival, South Australia
There are many cheap garden settings available these days. China pumps them out by the millions. Give them six months though and they start to look tired, and by the time summer comes around again, the dining setting will not only look somewhat worn but be rickety as well. No sooner do you grow an attachment to your new garden setting than it’s ready for retirement. The nicer wrought iron pieces from Bunnings look pretty but lets face it, longevity is not their aim. They want you to come back and buy another one next season so they’re most certainly made to a price – CHEAP!

The flip side of the coin is that anything remotely functional and stable, with any chance of lasting more than one season usually looks chunky, ugly or pretty boring. Dare I say, a bit like your grannies undies, built for comfort, practicality, does the job but it sure as heck ain’t much to look at. (No offence to any grannies – I’m about to be one soon!)

hand forged wrought iron table base

The wought iron table sitting under my verandah, I love the flower in the middle.

close up of wrought iron table base showing flower detail

it’s the details that make it special.

The brief I had in mind for the table setting was that it should be a feature in itself and like all our products it had to be made to a high standard. With gardens getting smaller, an item as big as a garden setting should look good, really good and have that ‘wow’ factor. I’m probably a bit of a miser as I hate spending money and then having to replace items because they’ve broken or worn out sooner than they should have. But that’s me. I also tend to grow emotional attachments to items. Silly, but I know from our customer’s feedback that I’m not alone. Most items are connected to memories and a table setting will collect many of those with gatherings of family & friends. Being hand forged makes it even more special – especially with the care Andrew takes to make sure you get a quality piece of wrought iron.

Andrew Hood pays great attention to detail with each item of wrought iron

Andrew Hood pays great attention to detail with each item of wrought iron

Filing off runs and dags from the galvanising process.

Filing off runs and dags following the galvanising process.

I have no doubt this wrought iron table will last for decades and probably end up as an heirloom which our kids can argue over. I guess that’s what makes authentic hand forged wrought iron so great, it’s:

  1. an investment,
  2. an heirloom and
  3. pretty special.

Now what to team it with …

Price at 17/11/15:

  • Wrought iron table base only $3850
  • GRC Table top only 2100mm x 1000mm $1100

Contact us today for more information and current pricing.

10 thoughts on “Glam up your outdoor dining room with an heirloom…

  1. Patricia Farrar

    Hello, you left a comment on my Pinterest page. Do you ship to Sydney? Thanks.

  2. Penny barrow

    Hi beautiful tablebase, just love it, do you ship to Perth WA
    Penny barrow

    1. Farmweld Post author

      Hi Penny, Yes we ship all around Australia.

  3. Janelle heaney

    Note that the price is as at 4/2012 for the wrought iron table base, could you please let me know if this is still the cost along with courier to Queensland.

    1. Farmweld Post author

      Hi Janelle, the price of the base is still the same. Not sure about the table top, I’ll have to check with our supplier and get back to you. If you email me your ‘exact’ location I’ll be able to provide you with delivery cost, Qld is pretty big and freight will vary greatly, e.g. to Brisbane vs McKay. I’ll also need to know if you just want the base or the top as well. I’ve sent you an email so just let me know the details.

  4. Andre

    Hi – do you make floorstanding multistem candle holders? Looking for something about 1.5 m high with three candle holders at different heights. Or if not where I could look in Sydney?

    1. admin

      Hi Andre, I’ve sent you an email. To answer your question, yes we can make you whatever you want. Please give us an idea with some drawings or photos of the kind of thing you like so that we have something to work with. There are so many options, e.g. contemporary vs traditional designs. An idea of budget is helpful so we don’t over or under design. I look forward to hearing back from you.

  5. Michelle Siurek

    I would love to get info on the wrought iron table. I’m interested in just the base. Please let me know if this is still available. Thanks

    1. admin

      Hi Michelle, I’ve sent you an email with the current price. All items are ‘available’ in that they are made to order so we can tailor it to suit the size you require.

      1. Michelle Siurek

        Thanks for the quick response. I will be contacting you soon. Thanks so much

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