About Living Iron
Living Iron began operation in 1999 and has forged a name for quality, customised structural steelwork and decorative wrought iron.
Living Iron began operation in 1999 and has forged a name for quality, customised structural steelwork and decorative wrought iron.







About Us

Company profile & projects
Awards
Craig Parton - Founder, Artisan

In the Media

Outdoors & Gardens Annual 2014
WA's Best Outdoors & Gardens 2012 - magazine spread
WA's Best Outdoors & Gardens 2011 - magazine spread
WA's Best Outdoors & Gardens 2010 - magazine spread

Company Profile & Past Projects

Living Iron is a diverse steel fabrication company undertaking a wide array of projects from traditional wrought iron through to structural steel.

Living Iron takes pride in producing work of the highest quality and in 2012 was awarded Subcontractor of the Year, as well as winning Subcontractor Award for Steel – Structural Steel (for the Castle Rock project). In 2003 they had received the Master Builder Association's Sub-contractor of the Year (Structural) Award for Perth Zoo Orang-u-tan enclosure.

Craig Parton started Living Iron in 1999 and we now employ 10 skilled crafts people plus support staff. We are confident of our ability to handle any challenge in the steel industry.

Major commercial projects

  • LKS Constructions - Beckenham Railway Station
  • LKS Constructions - Kenwick Railway
  • Merit Projects - St Johns Square, Northbridge
  • Crown Casino – Public Realm Refurbishment – Landscaping hardworks
  • Badge – Tranby College
  • Environmental Industries – Fiona Stanley Hospital Buildings A & B Landscaping steel hardworks
  • Robinson Buildtech – Castle Rock Granite Skywalk
  • LD Total – Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park
  • LKS Constructions – Mt Lawley Train Station
  • Esslemont – Kings Park Fraser Avenue Ceremonial Walk Redevelopment
  • Lakis Construction – Mirrabooka Bus Station structural steel
  • Badge Construction – Peter Moyes Anglican Community School – Stages 5 and 6 Balustrading and handrails
  • Merit Projects – Hale School new library and IT Centre balustrading
  • Robinson Buildtech – Yardie Creek Toilet Block structural steel
  • Deville’s Pad – Balustrading and lights
  • Lakis Construction – Mount Hawthorn Primary School
  • Lakis Construction – Girrawheen Primary School Covered Assembley Area
  • Lakis Construction – Northbridge Plaza Redevelopment balustrading, bollards, awnings
  • Gosnells Railway Station metalwork
  • Bassendean Railway Station stainless steel work
  • Canning Railway Station platform edge angles
  • Perth Zoo - Orang-u-tan Enclosure Redevelopment – Stages 1 to 4
  • Perth Zoo – Hunting Dog Enclosure, Tiger Enclosure
  • Robinson Buildtech – Macaque Monkey Enclosure
  • Robinson Buildtech – Perth Dental Hospital structural steel
  • Lakis Construction – Bird Aviary Whiteman Park
  • Infratec – Hollywood Hospital MRI Room Extension
  • Robinson Buildtech – Bunnings South Street O’Connor Roof Upgrade

Major Landscaping Projects

  • LD Total - Honeywood
  • Environmental Industries - Fiona Stanley Hospital

Major residential projects

  • Panton Residence, Mt Pleasant - Internal and external balustrades, gates and fence infill panels
  • Ross Residence, Bicton - External and internal balustradingMurray Residence, Fremantle - Gates and fencing
  • Palazzo Homes – Reginald Street Residence
  • Allen Residence, Attadale – Fencing, Internal and External Balustrading
  • Hulme residence, Cottesloe – Recreation of heritage balustrading
  • Baker residence, Applecross – “Nautilis” balustrading and “Bird of Paradise” screen
  • Duncan residence, Subiaco – “Organic Delight” gate
  • Seaton residence – “Dragonfly” gate
  • Curran residence, South Perth – “Hibiscus” gates
  • Rubino residence, Applecross – Creation of balustrading and driveway gates
  • Langford residence, Applecross – Creation of balustrading
  • Parfitt residence, Claremont – Creation of an wrought iron outdoor conservatory and bird aviary
  • Clayton-Smith residence, Bicton – Creation of the “Field of Dreams” driveway gate

Artworks

  • 'Garden of Paddles', Rivervale (Artist: Peter McMeikan)
  • 'Urban Connection', East Perth (Artist: Peter McMeikan)
  • The Big Banksia Leaf, Wellard
  • Totem, Perth Arena (Artist: Geoffrey Drake-Brockman)
  • Shimmer, East Perth (Artist: surf - Stephen Neille & Jurek Wybraniec)
  • WA Athletics Stadium (Artist: surf - Stephen Neille & Jurek Wybraniec)
  • Frasers Garden Centre – Rose Fountain
  • Earthcare Consulting – Sea Lion sculpture for Greenhead, Cervantes

Major Local Government projects

  • City of Stirling – Playground Shelter
  • City of Fremantle – Bus shelter and street furniture

Awards

 

From left: David Atkin, CEO Cbus, Major Awards Sponsor, Craig Parton - Living Iron, Peter Kennedy, National President, Master Builders Australia.

  • Awarded the Master Builders Australia National Specialist Contractor of the Year - 2012
  • Awarded the Master Builder Association's 2012 Sub-contractor of the Year
  • Awarded the Master Builder Association's 2012 Sub-contractor of the Year (Structural) Award for Castle Rock Walkway - Click here to see photos
  • Awarded the Master Builder Association's Sub-contractor of the Year (Structural) Award for Perth Zoo Orang-u-tan enclosure in 2003. Click here to see photos.
  • Short listed for creation of the artwork for the forecourt of the Australian Prospectors & Miners Hall of Fame.
  • Invitation from British Artist Blacksmithing Association to contribute to the blacksmithing competition and exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. I designed and constructed a miniature blacksmith working on a set of fire irons (fire irons were the focus of each contribution). The entry was described as being “incredibly original” and was the only piece in the exhibition for which an offer of purchase was made.
  • Contributed to the gates constructed at the entrance to the Memphis Metal Museum, Tennessee, USA.
  • Contributed to the commemorative bridge built during the 1992 German Blacksmithing Association Conference, Aachen , Germany .
  • Repairs to Buckingham Palace – front gates.
  • Balustrading for the Sultan of Oman.
  • Balustrading for the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

Craig Parton - Founder, Artisan

Living Iron 1999 - Present

In 1999 Craig founded Living Iron and since then has forged a name for high quality original and customised steelwork including decorative features, balustrading, pedestrian and driveway gates and structural steel.

Allbend Engineering, Osborne Park 1996 – 1999

Craig joined Allbend Engineering in 1996 where he introduced the use of blacksmithing techniques to fabricate a variety of wrought ironwork.

Major projects:

  • Joondalup Public Library – external balustrading
  • Grove Plaza , Mosman Park – fit out
  • Blue Duck Café – external balustrading

Steve Wilson Iron, 1995

In May 1995 Craig was asked to manage Steve Wilson Iron while Steve Wilson ran in the Queensland state election. He stayed until October 1996 in the role of senior craftsman and project manager.

Artbusters, Brisbane 1994

In 1994 Craig was contracted by Artbusters to participate in the production of a range of bronze sculptures commissioned by the Gold Coast City Council.

Major projects:

  • Cavill Avenue Mall, Gold Coast – bronze sculptures for Shellpin street theme

Weis Iron, Toowoomba 1987 – 1994

Craig began his artistic career at Weis Iron in Toowoomba, which specialised in large wrought iron architectural jobs, balustrading, sculpture and private commissions.

During his time at Weis Iron Craig developed his skills on a wide variety of commercial and residential architectural ironwork and was involved in producing a range of furniture designed to display the versatility of iron as a decorative medium.


As his skills developed, so too did his level of accountability, and Craig was soon responsible for designing and developing individual projects as well as managing production and, ultimately, managing the workshop of fourteen staff for a three year period.

Major Projects

  • Skygarden Shopping Complex, Sydney
  • Old Sydney Park Royal Hotel – foyer fitout
  • Marriott Hotel Gold Coast – fitout
  • Spirit of the Outback rail carriages – fitout
  • Brisbane City Council Brunswick Mall street furniture
  • Galleria on Brunswick , Brisbane , fitout – front gates and furniture
  • Fer Forgé furniture construction
  • Rebel Penfold Russell – internal balustrading
  • Barclay Mowlem Gold Coast penthouse – fitout
  • Cairns City Courthouse Coat of Arms
  • Coffee Club, Gold Coast and Brisbane , fitout – sculptural arbour

Rowhurst Forge , England 1990

Unable to undertake any formal training in the art of blacksmithing in Australia, Craig headed to Europe for 12 months in 1990 to do informal Journeyman style training.

Whilst in England he was employed with Rowhurst Forge where he worked with Richard Quinnell MBE, the then President of the British Artist Blacksmithing Association and internationally acclaimed leader in the field. During his time abroad, Craig learnt traditional skills from an array of talented master craftsmen.

Major Projects:

  • Repairs to Buckingham Palace – front gates
  • Balustrading for the Sultan of Oman
  • Balustrading for the Duke and Duchess of Kent

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