He is really thrilled to get recognition for the 45 years of dedicated work specifically for his arrow-smithing and also within the broad spectrum of iron-working but, as many people will know, there is a lot more behind the award than is ever printed in the press. I would like to share some of this information with you.
My sister Rebecca first brought up the idea of nominating Dad for an award, she thought he would be a great candidate for an honour and started to look into it. There is a lot of work behind the scenes to make it happen and we were too late for that year so put it on the back burner.
In 2014 I saw a tweet from www.heritagecrafts.org.uk asking if anyone knew a suitable crafts person to nominate for an honour. I immediately tweeted back suggesting my Dad, Hector and it snowballed from there! The Heritage Crafts Association have championed Hector though the nomination process, they helped us fine tune the application and make it successful.
My other sister Charlotte started to compile a list of people we could approach to support the nomination which we had to give a snappy name! That was the hardest part as how do you condense all that Dad has achieved into a couple of words? We finally settled with 'Arrow Smith - Services to Heritage Cratfs' as this is the field of specialised forging that he has researched and developed over such a long time and is the area that most people now know him for.
I hope that this award will help to raise the profile of the heritage crafts and specifiacally blacksmithing in the UK as well as shine a light on a very special and talented perosn