Held in our hand, metal is an extremely hard and strong material. For us to be able to use it, it must first be heated up in the forge for it to become malleable and easier to work. Forging can be compared to working with clay between our hands and fingers – but replacing our hands and fingers with tools of our trade. While hot the metal can be stretched, bent, twisted, joined, spread, swelled, split and scrolled. When the metal is cold it will regain its rigidness and strength but will take on a life of its own from having been worked, with no two hammer blows being the same, making each and every piece individual. The very nature of forge work iIt is certainly no exaggeration to refer to blacksmithing as a craft of immense antiquity. The creation of functional items from ferrous and non-ferrous materials has been honed by craftsmen throughout the ages. .
It is certainly no exaggeration to refer to blacksmithing as a craft of immense antiquity. The creation of functional items from ferrous and non-ferrous materials has been honed by craftsmen throughout the ages. With blacksmithing dating back some 4,000 years with blacksmithing being well established in Britain long before Julia Cesar’s reign. These craftsmen sought to show their skill with a hammer and hand by producing decorative but functional items. The decoration of these practical items and where the decoration becomes part of the item’s structure and function were proof of the blacksmith’s skill and ingenuity of design and production.
James Is a Devon based blacksmith who prides himself on the quality of the bespoke traditional and contemporary hot forged ironwork that he produces. James is an apprentice trained blacksmith and attended block release at the National Collage of Blacksmithing in Hereford and gained his Journeymans certificate in 2007.
As a skilled crafts person James offers a complete bespoke service from design through to installation and makes a large range of items for around the home and garden. Some of the items that he produces includes Gates, railings, rose arches, fire grates and companion sets.
Give James a call at the forge on 07595022858 for a complete, free design and quotation service.
James Deane Blacksmith