Alec Steele 

 

I am a blacksmith based in Norfolk, UK. I have a huge love of forging, making videos and entrepreneurship.  This website is the conglomeration of these 3 passions. Let me tell you a bit about myself! 

 
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About

 Me aged 11 or 12. Hammering away at a blacksmithing event! PPE game was strong! 

Me aged 11 or 12. Hammering away at a blacksmithing event! PPE game was strong! 

 13 Year old me selling items at my first craft faire. I spent the entire summer holidays hammering away preparing for this, I sold £500 of my work at this event and was totally flabbergasted! I made every penny of that count, investing in more tools for the shop! Some you see in use today in my YouTube channel. 

13 Year old me selling items at my first craft faire. I spent the entire summer holidays hammering away preparing for this, I sold £500 of my work at this event and was totally flabbergasted! I made every penny of that count, investing in more tools for the shop! Some you see in use today in my YouTube channel. 

My passion for blacksmithing was set a flame at the age of 11, when, on a muddy and rainy July day I watched in awe as the local blacksmith hammered at yellow hot steel, making a stunning leaf pendant at a county show. 
Immediately, I got to work fashioning my own backyard smithy. With a very primitive, hole-in-the-ground charcoal forge, a section of railway track (kindly given to me by James Spedding, the blacksmith at the show) and a crazy energy, I forged for the first time. 

As I practiced and experimented more, the hobby became the focus of every free moment! If I wasn't hammering, I was reading, scouring the web for information or watching online tutorials. 

As I continued through school in my early teenage years and my desire to create increased... My love of sitting in a classroom certainly didn't! So aged 16, I left school to pursue blacksmithing full-time. Certainly, the best decision I ever made. It allowed me to jump in the deep end and learn some very important lessons. My wish to leave school wasn't originally fueled by a love of business but I very quickly learnt that business was not only important but EXTREMELY fun! The same joy I got from making things, I received from slowly building my business and working out how I could provide value in the marketplace with my passions for creating. 

This led me to creating an online school where I offer blacksmithing video tutorials for the beginner. Eventually I realised that the best way to grow my impact would be through YouTube. I started off making tutorials to promote the online school. That didn't last long as I ran out of stuff I knew enough about to teach. Fortunately, I discovered that documenting the journey of learning things out of my comfort zone was something that hundreds of thousands of people wanted to watch. 

So now, I document each day in the shop and share it with you all on YouTube. You see my mistakes, stupidity, joy, excitement and love of creating and learning. It's all there. I hope you also see that the projects I make are attainable by anyone with a strong enough conviction to work seriously hard and dedicate yourself to the end goal. I started this as an 11 year old kid with a bag of charcoal. I've got a long way to go on my journey, lots to improve - but that was the start!


 

 I was pretty excited after finishing this 15 day build! 1350mm long damascus Scottish Claymore Sword! December 2017

I was pretty excited after finishing this 15 day build! 1350mm long damascus Scottish Claymore Sword! December 2017


I hope you have enjoyed learning a little bit about my background! Please do scroll back to the top and keep browsing the website!