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The Old Smithy

Steven Wilson

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.

Bespoke, hand forged metalwork

Replica or Contemporary

and repairs

Power Hammer
Original power hammer

Power Saw

Original Power Saw

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 Smith
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 Hill.

 

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.

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

 

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