Here’s abit of back story. I’m Simon Butler and I have worked as the Metalwork shop technician at Bath School of Art and Design since 1990, yeah that’s 20 years!.We used to have a forge, big, old and dirty, stuck right in the middle of the workshop in every ones way. It had to go, to make way for the modern era, early 20th century anyway, a guillotine, folding press and rolling machine arrived.
We went forward and forgot about the forge, making do with oxy-propane and later a farriers portable propane forge (hateful wasteful thing). I started to miss that old forge, lighting it up, standing around waiting for stuff to heat up then the frantic hammering, it was so involving, immersed in the process you couldn’t walk away, Students loved it too, an ancient connection back thousands of years, hearth and heart. I knew I needed to get a forge, and me being me the only way I am gonna do this is to make one myself. How? by applying for some research money of course!
This is where I am today, research application successful (£450 thanks BSAD), my great work begins……