I have being working with steel for the past 25 years, in various applications. I have immersed myself in the craft of the blacksmith since 2008.To work with the five elements, releases a great energy, and sense of self fulfilment, the elements being: thought, earth, fire, water and air.
To create a piece of work by controlling these elements and seeing a lifeless material transformed to show its character and its inner beauty, is the reason why this great craft is seeing a worldwide resurgence. There are no boundaries for a creative imagination and developing ones skill set to match.
I’m one of the fortunate few Irish blacksmiths, to have attended Hereford HCT, to have graduated from the NETS programme and also gained accreditation from the worshipful Company of Blacksmiths. I was one of the students in the last class ever of the NETS, which now no longer exists.
I currently share my skills by providing a number of classes, either at my own forge, or through Limerick County VEC, where I’m currently teaching at a number of outlets.
For the past number of years I’ve been involved in the promotion of the craft, I’ve organised and helped with forge ins and exhibitions throughout the country, BallyLanders,Cootehall,Portumna,Ballydehob,Schull,Dublin,
Rostrevor,Manorhamilton and a number of smaller events and vintage fairs.
In 2011 I was the initiator and one of the main organisers of the 2011 Monaghan forge in, the largest gathering of blacksmiths ever seen in Ireland. The aim of this event was to promote the craft county wide, which was achieved by wholesale media coverage. It was also the largest event of the Year of Craft.