high country forge

artist blacksmith metal sculptor

Like many things in life, it seemed that destiny and fate had their parts to play when the then 23 year old was travelling around the US. It was during this time that he came across a blacksmith in the rugged mountains of Montana. From the first hammer blow it seemed the path was set…

Richard returned several more times to the States, meeting and working with smiths in the North West, predominantly around the Seattle region. These stints back and forth saw him slowly build the forge at Smoko and generate a small amount of interest. It wasn’t until around 2005 when the desire to want to learn even more and focus on the traditional aspects of the craft, saw him spend around 18 months in Co. Durham, northern England. If his time spent in the US was all about small hand forged wares, the verdant countryside of northern England opened up a whole new arena of public art, private commissions and bespoke forgings.

In his late thirties now, Richard is continually exploring the creative side of practicing this ancient craft, blending both old and new techniques and forever holding true to the preservation of what once was common place…

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