- Richard Bent Blacksmith
Who I am…
I am inspired by people who change the course of conventional thinking in art, architecture and engineering.
Notable contributors to this sequence of thought are: Antoni Gaudi, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Victor Guimard, Sir Richard Rogers, Colin Chapman and Henry Ford.
In the days before the benefits of internet research, learning the craft of the blacksmith on a self taught basis was very slow. My early learning was through observation of other blacksmith’s practices, both traditional and contemporary.
The great German blacksmith, Fritz Kuhn (1910-1967) published book of photographs of his work, these were the accepted benchmark at the time for developing the blacksmiths craft.
By joining the British Artist Blacksmiths Association (BABA), I benefited from the free exchange of ideas and concepts being developed by free thinking British blacksmiths.
Having established myself as a top class traditional blacksmith, practicing all that was good about the craft, I was keen to expand the design and presentation of ideas to clients, to offer high quality bespoke projects solutions.
I endeavour to introduce high class craftsmanship to art and artistic appreciation to a relatively staid traditional craft.
I have tried to lead the development of British blacksmithing by means of adapting traditional techniques and appropriate design to eliminate the problems that have arisen in traditionally made scrolled wrought ironwork, through inappropriate constructions, leading to failure of the product.
I have worked closely with a local galvanising company to design and make high quality Forgework, designed in part for hot-dipped galvanising process, so eliminating, so far as possible, corrosion through water entrapment by being able to paint every surface, so ensuring the longevity of my work.