THE BLACKSMITH

GREG ABLE
Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor, Devon

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.

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.
— Greg Abel

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.

To find out more about Greg, please visit www.moretonforge.co.uk.

 
FORGE TOUR AND DEMONSTRATION
40.00

A one-hour tour of the forge with the chance to watch Greg in action.

Cost: £40 per group (maximum five people). One hour. Not suitable for children under 10. 

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MAKE YOUR OWN TOASTING FORK
75.00

During this two-hour session you'll have a chance to make a toasting fork, coat hook or fire poker with Greg. 

Cost: £75 for one person. Two hours. Adults only. 

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