I’m Jack and I’m a self taught 18 year old blacksmith/fabricator in the Surrey Hills.
I started blacksmithing/fabricating when I was 10 years old… using my dads small Multitool to make little bits and bobs. Over the last 8 and 1/2 years I’ve been further developing my skills!
I make everything from small garden ornaments and top of the range Japanese kitchen knives to huge custom gateways and arches.
I’ve won a few awards such as the Surrey Hills Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Surrey 40 Under 40 Business Award.
Ever since I was young, I’ve been heavily involved in bushcraft and camping, inherited from my parents who are naturally very outdoorsy people and have been their whole lives. From this I had a natural draw to traditional crafts such as blacksmithing and knife making, so one day a friend and I went up to my local woods and found a bit of rusty metal which we brought home and made two “knives” from. These were really just rusty bits of old fencing that roughly resembled a pointy shape! But at the time I was over the moon with it.
Ever since that day, I have been developing my tool and skill arsenal further and further, so that now I can say that I am following my dreams as a full time blacksmith/fabricator.
Love of the Surrey Hills
The Surrey Hills is one of the best places to live and work, and being an area of outstanding natural beauty is the cherry on top!
I attend the Surrey Hills Wood Fair every year and have done since I was 13. Being one of very few traditional blacksmiths in Surrey is helping keep the tradition alive, as once there was around 50-70 blacksmiths here.