On Saturday 24th October 2014 I was honoured to be elected as the next Master of The Guild of Wrought Ironwork Craftsmen of Wessex. I only hope I can do all the past masters proud, especially Frank Day the founder and Roland Hall, my dad.
I must apologise to any customers attempting to access the website yesterday – we had a technical hitch which we hope is now resolved
We will be at the Honiton Show on 7th August 2014, as we are every year.
We will have some of our ironwork for the home and garden on display and available for purchase.
There will also be live blacksmithing demonstrations so come along and see how this ancient craft is done. We look forward to seeing you there.
The Wreath of Respect is a project where England, Wales, Scotland and Isle of Man can show respect to all those who have given so much in the past 100 years and continue to do so today, our boys and girls are on the front line risking the ultimate, their lives for us.
The wreath will travel the United Kingdom over 8 days and will be laid to rest for the 7 nights while travelling with its start and final resting place at the National Memorial Arboretum.
I was delighted and honoured to be asked to make the wreath of respect. It is thanks to those who have given their lives over so many conflicts that we enjoy the life we do today. This it is not only a lovely project to be involved in from a creative point of view, but also because of the cause for which it is being made.
For quite some time now, I have wanted to create something incorporating other material with iron. I especially wanted to try incorporating some beautiful glass. I met Jo Downs a number of times at craft fairs and we got chatting on the subject and she was also interested in the idea and provided me with a couple of samples of glass discs that she had.
Jo Downs is one of the world’s most respected fused glass designers http://jodowns.com/
Now finally, several years later, I have done something with them and this is the result.
For the first time this century in Devon in the UK there is going to be a major gathering of Blacksmiths from all over the world.
The International Blacksmiths Festival is to be held at the Devon County Showground, Westpoint, Exeter, Devon in August.
The event will showcase and celebrate the Best of Blacksmithing from around the world, the people who participate in this ancient but essential craft, its historic roots and its relevance and place in today’s society.
Open to the public, this important event will include demonstrations by some of the finest blacksmiths, metalworkers and artists from Europe and beyond.
Close to my home and my work I am involved in organising the competition side of the event.
It is very exciting to be involved in such a big event and it promises to be four days of wonderful entertainment and interest for blacksmiths and the general public alike.
There are many attractions including sessions to allow both children and adults to have a go, so if you have always fancied hitting some hot metal with a hammer, don’t miss out on this unique opportunity.
Other attractions will include: Trade Stands featuring the best the West country has to offer, Local Produce Stalls, Old Fashioned Amusements, Morris and Irish Dancing, Traditional Musicians, Medieval Enactment Groups, Celebrity Chef, Falconry Display and many other activities.
For the blacksmiths there are competitions, master classes and demonstrations from world renowned experts in their field such as Brian Brazeal from the USA.
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity August 13-16, Wetspoint, Exeter, see http://www.internationalblacksmithsfest.com for more details.
Although the Devon County show was severely disrupted by the weather with the Saturday being cancelled for the first time in its history, it was a good show for me.
I love Bluebells and I think and hope I captured the essence of British Bluebells albeit in a giant form!
Its the start of the Devon County show, today Thursday 22 May 2013, and I will be at the showground all day competing in the 3 live blacksmithing competitions.
The first is to make a book rest of your own design with 2 hours to complete.
The second is to copy an item which will be provided and the third is known as the crash and dash, for this you have 30 minutes to make anything you like.
Last year, unfortunately, I burnt my hand during the first competition and had to retire and not compete in any others. Lets hope I do better this year.
Winners will be announced on Saturday, so watch this space.
It was a beautiful day at the North Somerset Show this in the live blacksmithing competition. The competition requires blacksmiths to make an item within a specified time limit. For this years competition the brief was to create a Hip Iron, the time allowed was 1 hour 15 minutes. A Hip Iron is used to hold ridge tiles in place on a roof Hip and it can be both decorative and functional.
The competition ran all day with the first 2 competitors starting at about 9:30am and the last 2 finishing at about 4:30pm.
It was a beautiful day and the show was very busy with many of the visitors enjoying watching the blacksmiths work.
My Hip Iron was assessed the winner which made me Show Champion
Simon was awarded third prize – I am very proud of him.
We are delighted to be participating in the Toby Buckland Garden Festival at Powderham Castle on May 2nd & 3rd where we will be doing live demonstrations of the traditional art of blacksmithing.
A wide range of our products will be on display and available for sale including garden accessories such as Garden sculpture
Garden Benches, Bird Feeders, Plant tubs and our popular glass and bottle holders
Everything for Wellies
Also on display will be candlesticks, fireplace accessories, lighting, furniture and other accessories for the home.
For more information about the festival visit http://www.tobygardenfest.co.uk/