Our story

 
We believe details matter, and we know that finding beautiful, well-made designs with just the right proportions can be tricky. We started Swarf with the aim of making fairly priced, UK-made hardware that will last, and that will enhance how people interact with their spaces every day.
Materials and the making process are at the heart of what we do. 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.
We are advocates of UK manufacturing are committed to making our products entirely in Britain. Made in small batches, our pieces are designed and prototyped in-house, testing every design at home to ensure they’re as nice to use as they are to look at. Machining and hand-finishing takes place in our workshop, and where needed, we use local suppliers for other processes. For example, the powder-coating and anodising are carried out by trusted companies that we have been working with for many years. This hands-on making process allows us to be very flexible when it comes to tweaking or adapting our designs.

 

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. Our combined eye for design and problem-solving skills led to making handles for our own home using the 1960s Colchester lathe in Sam's workshop. A love for the lathe-turning process quickly followed, and Swarf began. 
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.