Great British Blackmithing!
I started my career as a blacksmith in 1988 in Hereford. In 1994 I became a tutor at Hereford College of Technology later moving to the new National School of Blacksmithing at Holme Lacy, just outside Hereford. During this time, I also set up my own business, Dragonswood Forge, in the quiet beauty of East Herefordshire.
My time as a tutor led to my involvement with the Three Counties Blacksmithing and Farriery Committee. Having served as Chair for several years, I am now Chief Steward, a role that keeps me firmly in touch with the grass roots of the craft.
I have always enjoyed studying botanical form and structure. I began to experiment early on, using steel as my medium, to create naturalistic interpretations of my favourite large and interesting plant forms. Starting with ferns, I moved onto cardoons, teasels and artichokes. I have developed my portfolio of plant forms over the years to include, for example, irises, chrysanthemums and roses. It is important to me, when designing and making the sculptures, that they are as close to the “original” as possible.