Mikey and Andy from Orchard Blacksmith's are bringing their forge to The Handmade Festival this September. We caught up with them to find out a little more about what they do.
Both Mikey and Andy take their inspiration from separate areas. Mikey looks into traditional ironwork as well as nature to produce organic flowing pieces. On the other hand, Andy produces more contemporary designs through the use of both traditional and contemporary product to create unique and stylish ironwork.
What are you looking forward to at The Handmade Festival?
To be able to come to the Handmade Festival is an amazing opportunity to be able to experience all the different crafts. Having said that, the most important part is to be able to share with others our traditional craft and to show how blacksmithing has evolved.
What are you known for?
As young established blacksmiths, we as brothers cover all areas of blacksmithing. Not only does our combination of contemporary and traditional designs stand out from others, the way in which we complete all of our projects with high quality work and to make sure all of our clients have maximum satisfaction in finished products.
Where do you get your ideas from?
To create organic designs, we look into specific areas of nature to see how they are able to flow and work together. When we are designing unique pieces of traditional ironwork, we look into beautiful previous creations from over centuries ago and give a modern feel to a classic design. Finally contemporary designs are made from finding new and different ways of looking at the world and to show it through the use of iron using many techniques.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you?
Many people don’t know that we run blacksmithing experience days which gives anyone and everyone a chance to experience blacksmithing first hand and to give them a new out look on one of the original crafts.
What have you been working on recently?
Recently there have been a lot of lovely work which we are lucky enough to do. A lot of our work is small with minor detail however currently there have been large pieces such as gates where we are able to present our high standard of craftsmanship with traditional techniques.
What’s your best piece of advice?
Always work towards making everything to the best of your ability because if you aim for perfection, then it would always be great.
Who would be on your dream dinner party guest list and why?
As a dream for both Andy and Mikey, would be Albert Paley who was one of the founding innovators of recreating blacksmithing for the modern day when blacksmithing had almost completely died out.