More Than 20 Years of Experience
I started blacksmithing at Brymore school when I was 13, making fire pokers and toasting forks. Dad said I made a good'un so bought me a gas forge for Christmas. It's the one in the video and still makes a good scroll.
At first the local blacksmith didn't want the hassle of an apprentice, but no one says 'no' to Mrs Bryant! He took me on as an apprentice until I was 18 at which point I went to Herefordshire Blacksmithing College.
After college and a couple years of sword smithing, I then set up my own blacksmithing business at 24.
Blacksmithing isn't an easy profession to start in by yourself, particularly at a young age. I managed to commandeer an old shed from Dad and started picking up local jobs. I had welding codings from college and some big welding contracts helped fund the blacksmithing career.