Examples of my work are on sale upstairs in my display area at Yew Tree Barn.
One day courses can be arranged for a maximum of 2 people on an ad hoc basis. Basic blacksmithing techniques are taught in the first half of the day and put in to practice in the second half on a project (within reason!) of your choosing. The day includes lunch and drinks in "Harry's Cafe' Bar" at Yew Tree Barn. Price is £110.00 per person and includes all materials.
I welcome the opportunity to work with customers to make their vision a reality. Please contact me by 'phone or E-Mail or, better still, drop in to the forge to discuss your requirements.
I have always loved and been influenced by the purity and honesty of the objects produced by the Arts and Crafts movement and the flowing, organic shapes which typify Art Nouveau. Hot, forged metal is the ideal medium with which to bring these shapes to life.
Many of my pieces are made from scrap yard sourced steel, including real wrought iron salvaged from old gates and railings. These pieces show imperfections and wear from their former lives and have a patina and character that cannot be replicated with modern mild steel .
Traditional blacksmithing is a craft that has deep and enduring roots in our culture and history. Phrases still in use today such as, "Strike while the iron is hot", "Go at it hammer and tongs", and "Too many irons in the fire"are testimony to the important part blacksmiths played in everyday life. I am keen to give people the opportunity to see this ancient craft in action and to that end operate an "Open Door" policy at the forge. Visitors are always welcome to come in and watch and ask questions.