Thank you for visiting, I was inspired to start a blog by looking at others, only to find that few in this field either exist, or keep up to date.
The attached PDF is to introduce myself, showing what I display with some of my work to inform potential customers browsing in a shop or gallery.
I have made a commitment to keep this blog going for a year to see if the reason is lack of interest, or perhaps something is missing that people, such as yourself, would like to see more of.
Over the coming weeks and months I will post some personal content as well as more craft specific topics. It is my hope that you will feel more inclined to interact if you know a little more about me and my approaches to solving the many and varied challenges, with a sprinkling of my own personality to boot.
On this subject I feel bound to say that as a person my outlook mirrors my approach to making. I started out on this path as an escape from everyday workplace experiences and took the decision that I wanted to be a craftsman first and a financial success second. To this end I have no desire to appeal to everyone, both my general outlook as well as my designs are quite selfish insofar as I want to love them first. The methods I choose, and time it takes to create makes many of my pieces unsuitable for mass production; fantastic as they are as unique as you are as a result.
Later on I will introduce you to Chasing and Repousse, some forging, and a particular favourite, sinking and hand raising of vessels. I will give examples of raising, making and finishing stakes, as well as tool making to enable you to realise your own beautiful results.
For the ones among you who are poor at communicating your ideas on paper, we are kindred spirits. I am constantly practicing my art skills, when I post a picture you will understand that I am no natural talant. However I am continually striving to improve. I mention it here as it has been a real hinderance in an educational setting. If you look at my facebook page, the work I have made is in spite of not being a natural, so now you can go for it as well, safe in this example that you do not need to be great with a pencil or brush to make good quality work in metal.
Please do not think this a celebration of ignorance, I have to work harder as a result and I am pushing harder to be better. I mention it here only to give some encouragement to someone who thinks you can’t have one without the other, again just go for it.
It is my belief that through a disciplined and structured approach to the craft, truly awesome results can and do happen. It is my sincere hope that you are able to experience something of the feelings I get when I have completed a piece that may have taken many hours, both in conception and completion, to make. I still get such a thrill as I turn the completed work in my hand all the while giggling to myself thinking, I did that, truly a fantastic feeling that is yours for the taking if you spend the time realising your ideas in glorious three dimensional creations.
You know you want to, you can and will, just apply yourself.