James is an experienced blacksmith, interested in both the artistic and conservation aspects of metalwork. Having gained experience in different workshops across the UK, he has been established at Hall Conservation Ltd for the last 4 years as one of their core blacksmiths. He has worked on a variety of conservation, heritage and contemporary projects and with the support of QEST will now start the two-year Blacksmithing Design Forgework Skills course at The National School of Blacksmithing, Hereford, to further develop his skillset. This will help him as he works towards his goal of being acknowledged as a master blacksmith by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.
Recognising the lack of training opportunities for blacksmiths wishing to focus on conservation and heritage skills, James is also keen to establish training opportunities alongside his own business in the future.