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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.

Food, fun, and --- forge May 24

  1. He mainly teaches basic black-smithing, and prefers using a coal-fired forge, which sounds traditional but is relatively new in the history of iron-working. Before that, blacksmiths fired their forges with charcoal. "Anything that gets it hot -- that's
  2. During the day an auction of blacksmith made items will help raise funds to supply the coal and steel to operate the forge and shop. “Tim Ryan of Brasstown, North Carolina, will be our guest auctioneer,” continues Brooks. “Tim is also a professional
  3. A MAN from Goring has won an award as part of his qualification as a blacksmith. David van den He bought a second-hand coal forge on the internet for £2,000 and began a five-year apprenticeship with farrier Karn Herbert, of Kingwood Common, in 2009.

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