IWF was established as a second business in 1963 by Ian
Already running a successful international business, he wanted
to experiment with various commercial ideas and to allow him to develop a business trading only in things
that interested him.
Following Ian's principles various successful business ideas
were tried over the years. In the 1980s the current owner, son Neil Wilton, came to the business to start
making and selling tools for stained glass workers. This developed into a successful Stained Glass Centre
in Newcastle where stained craft tools, glass and materials were sold. Adding evening classes boosted
craft customers. Many Stained Glass commissions were undertaken too, some originated by class attendees
who now appreciated the skills involved.
During this time we were approached by one or two museums who,
while they were buying our tools, were looking for a better way to display their stained glass
collections. Wooden frames were bad for the conservation of the lead and were intrusive and often
unsightly. From this small beginning we have become specialists in displaying, storing and lighting
As you will see we have a wide range of clients and each has
different needs, criteria and budgets. Some clients prefer to remain anonymous so are not
There is very little we cannot undertake and as well as
Stained Glass, we have provided systems for plaster friezes, tapestries and even a traveling "Street
Furniture" display. (See Andrew Morley left for
We love a challenge. So even if you think your needs might be
unworkable, get in touch.
We can probably make it a