I am a blacksmith based in Norwich, 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!
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.
I have no formal training in Blacksmithing - or anything for that matter.
I know most of what I know through studying under Brian Brazeal in the USA. At the age of 13, I traveled to Mississippi to take a 12 day class from him. There, I learnt tool making with a striker. I feel that this was an incredible introduction to the craft - it was a foundation that set me well on my way!
This was the foundation that I am so fortunate to have been given. Brian's generosity was unimaginable and it was these experiences that solidified my desire to become a full time blacksmith as soon as possible.
Now, I run a business centred around providing entertainment, products and education to the hobbyist blacksmith. It is a huge thrill - something I am thoroughly honoured to be able to do. Playing my part in continuing the rejuvenation of this beautiful craft is VERY exciting!
My greatest energy is spent making a daily YouTube Vlog! This is an artistic video, showing either the making of a specific project, what I am up to or a blacksmithing tutorial. Once a week, we do a live show where the viewers can ask me questions in real time, other blacksmiths call in via skype for an interview and we have a great time. Building and growing the community of people who follow me on YouTube is a great aspiration of mine. It is incredible to see the amount of viewers increase each week and know that I am able to provide 5-10 minutes of fire filled forging goodness each day to such a huge number of people!
I hope you have enjoyed learning a little bit about my background! Please do scroll back to the top and keep browsing the website!