David Skinner AWCB

Traditional Blacksmith on The Kent and Sussex Border

 About me and my work.

y first job was as an apprentice toolmaker. Later I worked in the electronics industry.

In 1999 I started blacksmithing and in 2007, after training under Paul Allen in Hereford, I was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.

I have exhibited wrought iron work at a number of County Shows and in 2011 I was show champion at the North Somerset Show.

Sussex Heritage Trust

In 2012 I received an award from Sussex Heritage Trust for a weather vane which was my part in a larger development project.

Also in 2012 I was awarded a Diploma and became an Associate of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.

I undertake all styles of work from traditional to contemporary but I have a preference for traditional.

Almost all of my work is done on commission and covers a wide range of applications.

Well head garden feature
For your garden I can offer many things including rose arches, pergolas bird tables and sun dials.

A forged well head can be an interesting feature in a garden and is great for growing plants over.

Both wrought iron house name signs and decorative lights or lanterns can be pleasing to the eye as well as useful.

I have also made a number of wind vanes or weather cocks which will work well on garage or stable block roofs.

Fireside companion set

The fireside has long been the place for many blacksmith made things.

Traditionally made chestnut roasters, companion sets, fire baskets and fire dogs in the fireplace give a warm and comforting feel to the room.
Trivet and Rush light holder
Trivets and rush light holders are interesting conversation pieces.

Log baskets, fire guards and fire screens as well as looking attractive can add to the safe operation of an open fire or wood-burner.

Household items can include such things as

Door bell

Door bells, door hinges and latches, coat racks kitchen pot racks, wall lights and chandeliers and a lot more.

Torch Wall light