Author Archives: Duncan Ellis


Steel’s Renaissance Man – Benjamin Huntsman

By Duncan Ellis | 15th August, 2017

One of the most intriguing figures in Sheffield’s history of steel is Benjamin Huntsman, who went on to be a tool steel manufacturer, but had quite an impressive array and career before he took up his final position! Benjamin Huntsman Tribute There’s some discussion about Benjamin’s birth, as although he was born in Lincolnshire, many believe that his parents were German and arrived shortly before his birth. Although they were farmers, the young Benjamin showed an aptitude for a wide range of careers, particularly in mechanics. The young Huntsman set up his first business in Doncaster as a clock maker.... [read more]

A Titanic Job for Steel!

By Duncan Ellis | 18th July, 2017

Let’s face it, steel can make for some extremely impressive structures! Every time you see a large and impressive monument, whether it’s a skyscraper, football stadium or a suspension bridge, the underlying frame will almost undoubtedly be steel. You could say that steel is the material of choice for a display of strength! In its day, the most impressive display of steel was the Titanic, a marvel of engineering in the early 20th Century. Measuring over 880ft long and 175ft high with engines capable of putting out 46,000 horsepower, it was such a colossal project that it quickly gained the title... [read more]

Could You Live in a Steel House?

By Duncan Ellis | 20th June, 2017

In the run up to the general election, there have been a number of comments from members of different parties about the cost of housing, first time buyers and commitments from the big parties about constructing new homes. In Britain, the foundations of our ideas on housing are very traditional; for residential homes, we use bricks and mortar with slate or tile roofing. Although our houses change with the fashions of the time and you can usually see the differences between the Victorian housing, post-war and modern new-builds, we’ve built houses the same way for a long time. If you’ve... [read more]

Steel – It’s All in the Recipe

By Duncan Ellis | 23rd May, 2017

We all know that we at West Yorkshire Steel are big fans of one of the most versatile, customisable materials on Earth and we can give you all the advice and guidance you need to make sure you get the exact steel you need. For lots of people, however, they’re not sure about what type of steel does what, exactly. Ever since people started adjusting the ‘recipe’ for each steel grade, they’ve been making steels that are tailored for particular jobs; the truth is that it’s quite dependent on the chemical make-up and treatment of the steel for what job... [read more]

Rust Never Sleeps

By Duncan Ellis | 7th April, 2017

Although we love what we do, sometimes it's lovely to get away from a rainy British Summer with a quick run to the sun, where there's nothing to do but laze on a beach with a good book. While reading on such a beach recently, my attention was drawn from the bad guy in the book to a real life bad guy. He was skulking around some fishermen's boats that had already been fishing and were back on beach before anyone else was out of bed. I suddenly realised I actually knew his name; Mr F.E. Oxide. The boats themselves... [read more]