Where it all began …
The From the Anvil journey began in 1996 when ex metal-work teacher and joiner Mark Underhill bought a small business called MF Supplies. Mark and his wife Bernadette started to sell ironmongery and fixings to joiners and builders from their family home in a small village in Mid Wales. In 1998, not content with the current product choice Mark designed his own range of traditional handmade ironmongery. These unique products were forged by hand from steel on an Anvil giving them unrivalled strength and a wealth of character.
The brand launch
In 2000 the ‘From the Anvil’ brand was launched with the first product brochure containing around fifty handmade products. The business soon outgrew the small garage in Dolau and moved to our current factory unit in the nearby town of Llandrindod Wells.
Our first Stockists
As the demand for quality handmade ironmongery became apparent, we continued to design and manufacture an extensive collection of new products. When our range of beeswax, black and pewter reached 250 products, we made the decision to wholesale our unique range through a network of stockists throughout the UK.
The Blacksmith Collection
An extension to our factory enabled us to hold greater stock levels and offer our Stockists a next day delivery service. We continued to design and manufacture new products on an annual basis from mild steel, using hand forged methods. This range became known as our Blacksmith Collection.
The Period Collection
With the manufacturing and design skills acquired throughout our journey, we made the decision to utilise our experience and expand our product offering to launch the Period Collection made from solid brass and bronze. In 2012 Mark’s son Tom took over the running of the business as Managing Director.
Our premises was further extended in 2015 to allow for bespoke manufacturing and the production of our lighting range.
Today our skilled team continue working on new products, finishes and innovative ideas with the emphasis on quality artistry and refined design. Our success is based on quality products, excellent service, and our commitment to further enhance both. In 2022 we aim to release even more exciting products, both contemporary and traditional – building up our extensive range of handles, door hardware, cabinet furniture and lighting.