Our story

Swarf was founded by Sam Fish and Kate Worthington. With over 15 years of metalwork experience, Sam has made pieces for some of the world’s most influential artists and galleries as Fish Fabrications. Kate has worked for leading interior design titles including Elle Decoration and Livingetc. Their eye for design and obsession with problem-solving led to making handles for their own home using the 1960s Colchester lathe in Sam's workshop. A love for the lathe-turning process quickly followed, and Swarf began. 
Materials and the making process are at the heart of what we do at Swarf. We're proud to continue traditional manual machining practices and as a celebration of this, our designs are named after British lathe makers from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Our products are designed and prototyped entirely in-house, testing every design at home to ensure they’re as nice to use as they are to look at. We use local suppliers and make our handles in small batches, machining and hand-finishing in our workshop. The powder-coating and anodising are carried out by trusted local companies Sam has been working with for many years. This making process allows us to be very flexible when it comes to tweaking or adapting our designs.

We strive to make the smallest possible environmental impact from the hardware we produce. Our ethos is that the handles last many years and can sent back to us for refinishing, repair or recycling and the end of use. Our localised production means that our stock has only travelled a handful of miles before it is sent to you. We choose Royal Mail for our deliveries (up to 2kg) because the drivers will already be delivering to your address therefore preventing an additional journey by another courier. All of our packaging is widely recyclable and is derived from recycled material wherever possible. Our personal philosophy is to care for the planet, and that is how we aim to conduct ourselves in business too. 

If you have any bespoke requests, please contact us, we'd love to discuss your project.