Christchurch Steel Fabrication & Sheet Metal Specialists

Flaxton Iron

Flaxton Iron is a steel fabrication, welding and sheet metal specialist situated in Bromley, Christchurch.

At Flaxton Iron we specialise in all aspects of steel fabrication and sheet metal services, creating bespoke wrought iron and steel structures tailored to your individual requirements. With over 25 years of experience, we have earned our position as one of Canterbury's leading blacksmith, wrought iron, welding and steel fabrication companies.

Established in 1994 by owner Glen O’Neill, Flaxton Iron Ltd creates metalwork that has a distinctive industrial style. Glen's creations feature in some of the country’s swankiest eateries, his rugged, fiery cookers create an exciting atmosphere and bring a sense of theatre to the restaurant kitchen.

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Capabilities and Facilities

  • Steel welding
  • Blacksmith, forging and wrought iron
  • COR-TEN steel fabrication
  • Press-brake & Guillotine Facilities
  • Plasma & Steel Laser Cutting
  • Sheet metal folding
  • Coatings (Galvanising / Powdercoating / Painting / Electropolishing)
  • Sand Blasting
  • Steel columns
  • Steel channels

Products and Services

  • Bar, Restaurant Design & Fit-out
  • Steel Furniture - Indoor & Outdoor
  • Wrought Iron Gates
  • Architectural Steel
  • Mobile Kitchens
  • Bar & Restaurant - Upcycling & Repairs
  • Steel Tables and Chairs
  • Custom Fireplaces - Wood & Gas
  • Cookers & Smokers
  • Handrails & Balustrades
  • Custom Staircases
  • Maintenance programs
  • Corten Steel - Weathering Steel
  • Teppanyaki Tables
  • Charcoal Barbecues
  • Architectural Lighting
  • Trailers - New & Repairs
  • Flashings

Blacksmith & Wrought Iron

steel forging

Flaxton Iron specialise in contemporary ironwork using traditional steel forging techniques to create bespoke metalwork of the highest quality and standards.

Wrought iron is made by repeatedly heating steel in a forge and working it with tools to deform it. Flaxton Iron are wrought iron experts and have decades of experience in the art of blacksmithing.

Wrought iron grows stronger the more it's worked and produces steelwork that lasts the test of time.

Steel Cooking Grills & Smokers

Commercial Cooking Grill Fabrication

Flaxton Iron specialise in the design and manufacture of commercial BBQ grills and, wood fired barbeques including Argentinian barbecues, bespoke designed cookers and smokers .

Teppanyaki Plates

Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle or plate for cooking. A Teppanyaki plate is typically a large thick steel plate that is heated using LPG. Flaxton Iron can design and manufacture Teppanyaki plates and Teppanyaki cooking grills to your specification.

Meat Smoker Fabrication

Smoking meat is growing in popularity in New Zealand and Flaxton Iron can custom build meat smokers for residential or commercial applications. Make a statement with a unique, custom designed smoker that will last the test of time.

Argentinian BBQ Manufacturer

The traditional 'Asado' way of cooking on a hot charcoal fire requires a special grill. Flaxton Iron can design and fabricate an Argentinian Barbecue that meets your specifications and offer you a highly functional custom-built cooker that only experience can deliver.

Whether you are looking for an Argentinian barbeque for your home or a large-scale wood-fired commercial cooking grill for your restaurant, Glen has the experience and knowledge to design and fabricate a cost-effective, functional solution that will meet your requirements.

Mobile Kitchens and Food Truck Fabrication

Flaxton Iron design and manufacture food trailers, mobile kitchens and custom-built mobile cookers. They have built a reputation as Canterbury's leading food truck fabricator and food trailer manufacturer. A refitted 1973 Bedford truck for Base Woodfired Pizza is kitted out with an Argentinian barbecue, chillers, hot and cold water system, fold-out bar stools and a full service counter.

"I love working with fire and anything that cooks a good steak is always great, so these mobile kitchens are my sideline passion. Chefs like them too because cooking is going back to basics and these put on a real show."

As with everything made by Flaxton Iron, the cookers are heavy, high-grade, impressive to see and supremely functional. Flaxton Iron’s work is romantic and enduring – steel, copper and iron combined in a steampunk fashion that is more on-trend than Glen could have imagined when he first picked up a welder many years ago.

Steel Balustrade Fabrication

Steel Fencing & Balustrade Fabrication

Flaxton Iron is a leader in the design, fabrication and installation of bespoke metal balustrades. Steel balustrades are custom-built to your specifications and combine striking, attractive design with high levels of functionality and durability.

Whether you are looking for something simple and practical or looking to make a stunning statement, Flaxton Iron steel balustrades are tailored to your requirements. We promise exceptional levels of service from concept to installation and you can expect a secure and durable result guaranteed to enhance your environment’s visual appeal and one that will last the test of time.

Steel Gate Fabrication

The bespoke metal services offered by Flaxton Iron means you can choose which finishing options best suit your requirements, depending on style, pattern and size.


Steel Planter Boxes and Street Furniture Fabrication

Flaxton Iron design and manufacture street furniture. Steel planter boxes are an increasingly common feature of restaurants and cafes, creating a living barrier between outdoor seating areas and pedestrian zones. You will see many of Flaxton Iron's steel planter boxes and street furniture in the Christchurch CBD.

Commercial & Restaurant Fit‑Outs

Restaurant Fit-outs

At Mumbaiwala, the Christchurch restaurant’s upscale Indian street food is matched by rusted, industrial-style ironwork, while nearby at Joe’s Garage in the new Hoyts complex, metal sculptures hang prominently from the ceiling.

Over at the Christchurch Arts Centre Cafe Bunsen, Glen and the team transformed the steel table tops with an acid wash to create the look of polished concrete. And their influence is evident throughout Tony Astle’s new bar Chiwahwah, from the rustic steel planter boxes to the skull beer tower to the small metal hands holding lights.

Commercial Fit-outs

Flaxton Iron has fitted over 250 commercial premises including restaurants, cafes, bars and shops, supplying them with a huge range of customised steel products and services from bespoke steel street furniture to complete interior design, fabrication and installation of steel fittings.

In Christchurch, Flaxton Iron’s decorative touches are an increasingly familiar sight. Often used in hospitality hotspots, they provide a gritty point of difference for businesses who want to create a unique environment for their customers.

Heritage & Restoration

ornamental ironwork

Flaxton Iron has been involved in many restoration and renovation projects particularly since the Canterbury Earthquakes and have considerable experience in repairing antique ornamental ironwork and re-creating historic designs for replacement gates and railings.

We prefer to be engaged early in the project so we can advise on practical options and help influence scope and design for the repair or replacement ironwork.

Our philosophy with vintage ironwork is always to try and restore using minimal and sympathetic repairs, however sometimes due to corrosion and general condition the only viable option is to manufacture replacements. In this case we use modern mild steels together with traditional skills and techniques to replicate designs of the original ironwork.



Corten (COR-TEN) is a weathered sheet steel product that does not require painting or galvanising. The molecular structure of the steel produces a uniform and stable rust-like surface, forming a protective layer. This makes Corten an attractive option for low-maintenance outdoor furniture and fittings.

Flaxton Iron frequently uses Corten as the material of choice for outdoor planters, gate panels, doors, and sculptural pieces. It is used also extensively in signage and in bar and restaurant fit-outs.

Contact Us

39 Wickham Street
03 384 8420
021 704 214