Zinc Counters by Duncan Grimmond

Zinc Counters are specialist, non-ferrous, art-metalwork manufacturers of traditional bistro counters and decorative roofing components.

Established as an artisan metalworker since 1975, Duncan's work has previously included silver mounted horns for Ripon City Council and the copper lanterns mounted on the security gates of Downing Street, London.

Cafe Provence Bar our first commissionZinc Counters came into being in 1995 as a result of Duncan being asked the question "Can you clad a bar in zinc?" As a silversmith/restorer his last look at zinc had been in the chemistry lab. at school in 196...?. However Café Provence in Boston Spa (David Barnard) got their zinc bar and subsequently Duncan was asked over and over again "Can you do one for me?" An advertisement in 'Theme' magazine brought more enquiries than he could cope with in his small workshop and Zinc Counters moved into its present premises, a redundant farm building in Markington village, in 1997.

Since then we have clad bars for dozens of clients from Academy to Zizzi. Pewter is also used as a bar surface and among several private clients (including one shipped complete to Los Angeles) we have clad bars for Chez Gerard in London and Manchester.

Cafe Provence Bar our first commissionIn May 2000 a French zinc worker joined our team, allowing us to expand the range of products and services we offer. This led to a major project to supply decorative copper roofing details to the extension to the Queen's Gallery and Portico at Buckingham Palace. This exciting and innovative design was subsequently awarded the 'John Smith Award for Craftsmanship 2003' by the Copper Development Association.

Zinc Counters offers a range of standard bar profiles, all of which can be supplied in zinc, copper and pewter. Each bar is tailor-made by hand to our client's specification. We specialise in unusual forms and believe that we are at the leading edge of zinc forming technology in the UK. So, why a banana? Click on the 'magazine ad' photo to find out.

To avoid any misunderstandings we ask all our clients to carefully read our substrate specification guidelines, paying particular attention to the accompanying photographs.

For pricing please submit your requirements to Duncan by email, fax or post; we try to reply with a quotation or guide price within 24 hours.