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Children fascinated by blacksmith

B lacksmith Richard Neville has forged a long career out of the age-old trade of metalworking and now he shares his skills with visitors to Motat. He tells reporter Danielle Street the secrets of a good smithy.

The summer sun is beating down outside and Richard Neville is bent over a blazing coal oven in his dark workshop.

Eager eyes watch as he hammers a piece of steel and hot sparks fly out and bounce off the ground.

It's fair to say blacksmithing is in his blood.

His grandfather was a coach-building blacksmith and as a child Mr Neville sat on the workbench and made trinkets while absorbing ancestral wisdom.

"My grandad told me the secret to blacksmithing is to be more stubborn than the metal you are working with," he says.

"And if you ask my wife she will agree that I am very stubborn in many ways."

Mr Neville has been working as a blacksmith for the last 25 years, having trained under some of the country's best.

Local man forges old-style hobby

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