The art of blacksmithing is relatively new to me; My grandad was a blacksmith, but unfortunately he passed away before he could teach me. I started a few years ago, using a small home-built forge, in which I make the things I liked. Things that provide technical challenges and, by way of trial and error I learn about blacksmithing. I never went to a technical college so everything has to be learnt in a non conventional way. I also learn for working alongside established blacksmiths.
Like any I had to make some of my tools myself, others I carefully sourced. I now run a gas forge along with a coal forge which enables me to control the heat and make different things.
Forging is enjoyable and physically demanding. I like seeing the indentations and hammer marks on a piece of metal. In a lot of the things I make the metal is worked in full. No smooth pieces from the foundry produced steel stock are be left un-touched by hammer and anvil. In other pieces the hammering is kept to a minimum to achieve a more sleek modern look. Different approaches and the fact that everything is hand made makes no two pieces alike.
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Most of the stuff I make is for sale, but if you have anything specific in mind, let me know; I'm open to commissions.
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Below is a picture of my grandad at work.