VMZINC craftsmen have produced handmade zinc ornaments for over 175 years. Recent commissions for Harrods, Eton College and the Wallace Collection art gallery have raised the UK profile of their work, re-awakening demand for the time-honoured metalworking skills used.
Commissions for bespoke, handmade items invariably involve recreation of designs from either original features, drawings or photos. The diversity of projects ranges from bullseye and dormer windows to decorative guttering, weather vanes, ridge caps, finials, downpipes and a host of stamped designs.
With its natural patination, zinc is being used increasingly as an alternative to lead. St Mary’s Church Plas Power is a Grade II* listed building which was built with a zinc sheet roof. Replacing material dating from 1875 with traditional solid roll joint details, the longer tray lengths remove the threat of theft that lead would pose.