Looking for Blacksmiths in the Bristol Area

26 Jul Looking for Blacksmiths in the Bristol Area

We have received the following which may be of interest to members:

Dear Andrew,

Apologies for this unsolicited e-mail. Bob Edwardes gave me your contact details.

I work for the Underfall Yard Trust, a charity restoring and demonstrating the Victorian machinery that the Bristol Docks Engineers used to maintain the harbour since 1884. Part of the complex is a forge with 3 hearths. We have now got these hearths cleaned up and in a useable state, and we are hoping to partner with local blacksmith(s) to put on demonstrations, possibly leading to workshops, etc.

To start off, we are looking for someone to do demonstrations on Docks Heritage Weekend, 30th Sept – 1st Oct. Could you possibly point me towards any blacksmiths in the area who might be interested in this? I have looked at your website, but struggle to see where your members are based from the list there.

For information, the request for tender is attached, and more information about what we do is on www.underfallyard.co.uk.

I would be very grateful for any help you could give us, as we feel this is the perfect opportunity to showcase both the skills of the art and our beautiful workshop.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Best regards,

Rachel Gollin.
Workshop Manager
Underfall Yard Trust
0117 929 3250

The tender document is as follows:

Docks Heritage Weekend: Blacksmithing Demonstrations

Docks Heritage Weekend runs 30 September 2017 – 1 October 2017, 11am – 5pm and we would like to offer blacksmithing demonstrations using the forges in the D block workshops. We are seeking an experienced blacksmith to carry out demonstrations on both days of the event for the purpose of educating and entertaining members of the public.  The items being made will be relevant to the yard e.g. chains, mooring hoops (we are interested in hearing your suggestions).  

The blacksmith that we appoint will have:

  • significant experience as a blacksmith
  • experience of delivering engaging educational activities
  • appropriate insurance and registered as self-employed

 We anticipate that the format of the days will be:

Activity Saturday 30 September

Sunday 1 October

Prepare forges 9.30am – 11am During this time the workshops will be closed to the public.
Demonstrations: engaging visitors, explaining blacksmithing techniques 11am -1pm In consultation with the appointed blacksmith, we will agree safe numbers to have in the workshops.   We may offer timed/ticketed entry e.g. 15 people for 15 minute demonstrations
Lunch 1pm – 2pm  
Demonstrations: engaging visitors, explaining blacksmithing techniques 2pm – 4.30pm In consultation with the appointed blacksmith, we will agree safe numbers to have in the workshops.   We may offer timed/ticketed entry e.g. 15 people for 15 minute demonstrations
Finish and tidy away 4.30pm – 5.30pm  

What you can expect from Underfall Yard Trust:

The Trust will:

  • Manage access to the workshops and the forges (in consultation with blacksmith). This is likely to be achieved by limiting numbers of people in the workshops at a time; using barriers to create safe distances from the forges and having volunteers and/or staff in the workshop.
  • Purchase materials needed for blacksmithing demonstrations and store them until the day of the event.

Please provide:

  • Brief description of how you meet the criteria
  • Quote for delivering 2 days of demonstrations (time and materials). Please let us know if you charge VAT.
  • Suggestions of relevant items you could demonstrate
  • Copy of public liability insurance and relevant risk assessments
  • Joanna Williams
    Posted at 21:49h, 26 July Reply

    My name is Joanna Williams and i run Fire Iron Art Blacksmiths from my working forge in the underfall yard. I would appreciate any fellow blacksmiths who are considering this post to contact me for a discussion. Thank you.

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