Please read about this talented Artist Blacksmith in the House and Garden Section under Landscape Architecture.
An old adage says– ‘with an anvil and a hammer, a blacksmith can make everything he needs. Then he makes everything everyone else needs.’
For the traditional blacksmith this still holds true, but there is a new breed who strive to develop the craft beyond the purely utilitarian.
At his Wheely Down Forge in the Meon Valley Charles epitomizes this twentieth century blacksmith, producing High Art works through the blend of ancient technique and his own creative style. “I’m an artist blacksmith but that is beginning to be slightly misleading. I call myself now an artsmith, an artist in metals,” he says.
Charles designs, makes and installs site specific creative, bespoke hand-forged metalwork in bronze, stainless and mild steel for private, public, corporate and ecclesiastical clients. A larger than life personality, his creative approach is extrovert, anarchistic and discerning.
He believes passionately in pushing at the boundaries and restrictions of technique in order to extend and further develop his own high levels of craftsmanship and achievement. This enables him to create new and innovative abstract sculptural forms whilst working as a well respected and successful Artist Blacksmith.
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