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Ushering in a new age of iron

Finding original and interesting garden features can be tricky, particular when you want pieces that will be practical as well attractive. It is a problem that 35 – year old Romanian blacksmith Mihai Cocris appears to have solved using materials and designs that look just as good in the depths of the countryside as they do in the heart of the city. For the past four years Mihai has been producing elegant and original metal work from a converted barn in Fife. His silver filigree gates and galvanized – metal arches bring a fairy tale quality to gardens. Peonies survive gusts of wind with the help of his curved plant supports , sweet peas smother his obelisks and roses ramble over his pergolas. His simple geometric trellises add height to low fences and help to hide unsightly views. Each item is made by hand using traditional techniques: a welding machine and angle grinder are his only concessions to modern technology.