Graham Ashford
Blacksmithing and Armoury
Metal Work
Summer | 2010

Graham changed his career from an IT trouble-shooter to become professional in his hobby of nine years. He used his scholarship to undertake a three year apprenticeship with Dave Hewitt, one of the foremost medieval reproduction armourers in the UK with more than 25 years of experience.

Graham’s forge, the Greenleaf Workshop, supplies living history fairs with more accurate armoury and bespoke arms, and equips museums and other educational institutions. Located in Hampshire, Graham’s workshop blends the latest research and archaeological finds with experimentation and traditional techniques whenever possible to achieve high quality, hand forged reproductions.

“There is no doubt in my mind that without the support of QEST, allowing me to apprentice with a master armour for three years, I would not be a full time armourer now. The scholarship has allowed me to train with a master armourer giving me tremendous insight into the armour making process that would have previously taken my many more years to even begin to gain”

Since the scholarship, Graham has been fortunate enough to continue to work with Master Armourer David Hewitt on occasionally pieces and continues to build his company during these tough times. It his hope that in time he will be able to take on an apprentice to pass on his own experiences and things he has learnt from Master Armourer Dave Hewitt. All made possible through the support of QEST.


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