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 Spring 2021 

After a quieter winter in the forge than normal, I am back running my blacksmithing day courses as per Government guidelines with one to one sessions for the people that have had their courses postponed from 2020. 

 

Ridgeway Farm Art Project is currently awaiting planning approval for both the entrance sign and the Community Orchard - I very much hope that these two aspects of the project will get moving soon!   In the meantime, I am drying some larch boards ready to make bat boxes to go on oak posts in the hedgerows around the development.  When community groups can safely and confidently meet again I still want to do community making sessions for residents to make their own bat boxes.

 

I have been working on designs for another public art project in Oxford and very much hope this will be approved and I can make the lovely pieces I have designed.

I was sent some great photos of Chippenham Town Bridge - a piece I designed many years ago which still looks great today!  

Photo credit: L Butcher 2020



A few smaller commissions have kept me going through the winter – it has been a hard year for us all I think and when the current project is complete I will share some images on my Instagram and Twitter pages.

 

I have been featured as #Mondaymaker for the Heritage Crafts Association, you can visit there website here

 

I have also had a lovely feature in the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths newsletter (pages 5,6,7!) which you can access here and read about the charitable work they do and other blacksmiths projects.


While I am booked up with commissions and courses for the foreseeable future, I still have some sculptures available for sale and smaller stock items can be purchased direct from the forge.  If you have a wedding to go to this summer and want to shop local - come and get some of my lovely interlinked and fire welded hearts from the forge.

Old Copper colour interlinked large hearts



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