I am constantly drawing and seeking out new design ideas from my environment. Just like any artist, I am inspired by those craftsmen and artists that came before me.
The beauty of traditional blacksmithing is that many inspiring works have survived for centuries and I am often found photographing or sketching window latches, gates and candle holders from ancient churches and historic building throughout the country.
Originally I was introduced to blacksmithing by discovering fantastic old metalwork on archaeological sites, and today I prefer to work on small, intricate historic designs. My archaeological background also helps in regards to the work that I do for historical re-enactors, museums and national heritage organisations.
All of the work that I do for the re-enactors market is thoroughly researched and is often replicated from surviving museum artefacts. All replica items are produced using the original materials and methods.