All of SAW Forge’s pieces are hand
crafted by Steven Wilson, a fully qualified traditional blacksmith.
Originally from Northern Ireland, he trained at one
of the UK’s top land-based technology colleges, where he was awarded
Top Student In Blacksmithing and received the Certificate of Competence
from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.
In 2015, he came to Mawnan Smith to set up SAW Forge.
He is passionate about his craft and the role 'The Old Smithy' plays in
the cultural heritage of area and is committed to playing an active part
in the local community.
He is a member of the British Artist Blacksmiths Association.
You are welcome to visit
this original blacksmith's shop, tastefully restored by the Anvil Trust,
but inside the now weatherproof walls and roof, the original machinery has
been kept in tact.
Carwinion Road, Mawnan
30 yards from Goldmartin Square
Situated in the village of Mawnan
Smith, close to the Trenah and Glendurgan gardens and 5 minutes away from
the Helford River. 'The Old Smithy' is a historic forge which has been a
very active part of the community, with records dating as far back as 1842
beginning with Sampson Pascoe who was succeeded a few years later by Marmaduke
In 1851 there were four working smithies
serving nineteen farms in the parish but fifty years later only one remained.
For over a hundred years the forge, operated by blacksmith Billy James and
followed by his son Dryden, was the centre of village life until, on Dryden's
death in 1994, the smithy doors were closed and the building and its contents
went into hibernation.
Through the formation of the Mawnan
Anvil Trust, 'The Old Smithy' was purchased for the village of Mawnan Smith
on October 19th 2006 after four years of fund raising and red tape.
All the usable and reclaimable tools
had their positions logged and were stored in ammunition boxes. Usable equipment,
fittings and cabinets were removed for careful storage. The Trustees and
willing helpers battled through decades of accumulated dirt and grime to
expose the bare bones of the building for restoration.
Along with the forge, 3 workshops
were added to the site during the renovation project which allows visitors
the opportunity to watch the skilled blacksmith and craft workers or to
browse their unique and traditional products.
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.
Tel: 07885 445447