Since the Iron Age the Blacksmith was regarded as a key member of society. He was relied upon to make and maintain the many metal implements use in daily life from candlesticks to plough shares.
Using authentic tools along with forge, bellows and anvil I can demonstrate all the necessary skills a Blacksmith needed to provide this valuable service producing a wide variety of domestic items and accoutrements as required in all aspects of daily life. Because of the nature of metal working the basic art of the Blacksmith has not changed significantly in over 3000 years, and therefore my demonstrations cover most periods with only appropriate changes of dress and of equipment to maintain authenticity.
In addition to my demonstration of hand forging I also strike coins using hand cut dies.
Further aspects of everyday living particularly those of the housewife (or Goodwyfe) can be brought to life by my partner Gillie Jones. Using a variety of herbs and native plants, along with some of the more expensive imported spices (as available within the period) she can create a number of simple remedies and household goods such as soap and cleaning materials as well as some luxury items, all of which would have been produced in the home.
Trading as Forest Glass we supply hand blown historical glass. Covering periods from 1st to 19th C, our glass, which is imported from small family glasshouses in the Czech Republic, is of high quality and well researched. We have supplied glass to various museums and establishments throughout the country including The Museum of London, Royal Collage of art and the Globe Theatre.