THE BLACKSMITH

 

GREG ABLE

BLACKSMITH
Moretonhampstead

One of just a handful of blacksmiths left on Dartmoor, Greg works in a 150-year-old stone forge, where vintage farm and farriers’ tools, made by previous smithies, still hang from the rafters.

Greg uses traditional coal in the original hearth rather than gas, which is now more commonly used, while hammer and anvil still his main tools.

Greg’s products include gates, railings, fireside sets, weather vanes, rose arches, knives, coat hooks and shoe-scrapers, which he makes for the local community.

Greg says: "It's magical knowing that the forge has had so many smiths before me using the same skills and methods. I often wonder if they are they watching me, making sure that I am doing it right."

During Greg's sessions, you will see the traditional blacksmith's forging techniques of drawing a metal out (making it thinner), jumping up (increasing its size), splitting, punching, twisting and fire welding.

 
 

FORGE TOUR AND DEMONSTRATION
One hour. From £30 per group.

MAKE YOUR OWN TOASTING FORK
Two hours. From £60 per group.

MAKE YOUR OWN FIRE POKER
Two hours. From £60 per group.


BOOK A VISIT WITH GREG:

Phone: 01647 440331
Email: gregabel@moretonforge.co.uk
Website: http://www.moretonforge.co.uk

 


 


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