Official Opening of the
Anvil Trust Workshops
14th November 2007
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ANVIL TRUST NEWSLETTER – March 2015
For the benefit of new visitors to this page, the historic
smithy, a Grade II listed building, is the last of the four smithies that
operated in the parish of Mawnan in the 1800’s and were instrumental
in giving the village its name.
Following the death in 1994 of blacksmith Dryden James,
the smithy lay dormant.
In 2002, the Mawnan Anvil Trust was formed to oversee
the purchase and restoration of the smithy and to create a further three
adjacent work units.
Over the following four years, £400,000 was raised
from a total of 14 sources, including the RDA, Heritage Lottery, local government,
private charities and the local community.
The restored smithy, now part of the village Craft Centre,
opened in October 2006.
The craft workers now on site are as follows:
Silversmith - Abigail Brown.
Abigail specialises in a hand raising and sinking technique to create distinctive
silver vessels, bowls and jewellery. Her work is featured in exhibitions
in the UK including at the Victoria & Albert Museum and also overseas.
In December 2014 she was given the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of
Goldsmiths. Abigail also teaches silversmithing, jewellery and metalwork
Signwriter - Sheila McCann-Downes.
Sheila produces high quality, genuinely hand-painted, traditional signage
for business premises, shops, boats, public houses and private homes. Sheila
is also skilled in the art of gilding and uses real gold leaf to create
lettering on signs or glass.
Blacksmith – Steven Wilson
Steven Wilson is a blacksmith who could not resist the temptation to relocate
from Sussex and occupy a fully restored traditional smithy in Cornwall.
No task is too big or small for Steven. He has a range of small items that
make ideal gifts, including cufflinks, candleholders, pokers and companion
sets. He can also forge traditional hand tools, (replacement) hinges, latches
and more besides. At the other end of the scale, he can fabricate bespoke
benches, gates, and railings in either traditional or modern styles.
www.sawforge.co.uk Tel: 07885 445447
The one vacant unit is expected to be occupied shortly.