Get to know Ian Barnard, the man behind the FTE brand.
Born and raised on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, Ian initially trained as a certified tradesman in the oilfield industry. Over ten years of a successful career in this industry have honed Ian’s skills, enabling him to grow and develop in work requiring precision and meticulous project management.
An admirer of art and design, Ian laid the foundations for FTE Metalworks back in 2013, when he decided to take his hobby of jewellery making to the next level and design and manufacture his now wife’s engagement ring, complete with the setting of a gorgeous radiant cut diamond.
Many successful custom made jewellery orders later, he decided to launch his own brand FTE Metalworks and simultaneously branched from being initially self taught to professionally trained by some of the best stone setters on the planet.
In a quest to master the trade Ian travelled to St Petersburg, Russia, to study micro stone setting with Roman Karakurkchi. Not content with just one style of setting, he sought out a second master to become more well rounded, and is currently taking Alexandre Sidrovs 3 month Professional Stone Setting course.
Ian’s sharp eye, along with a passion for clean and minimal architecture and design and a constant determination to do better give rise to beautiful, timeless pieces destined to become family heirlooms.