Steven A Wilson
I trained at Plumpton College, Lewes, one of the UK's top land-based technical college. Undertaking a Level 2 & 3 BTEC in Blacksmithing where I was awarded Top Student in Blacksmithing and received the Certificate of Competence as well as Journeyman Certificate from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths in 2014.
2015 - Relocated to Mawnan Smith to take over the running of The Old Smithy to set up SAW Forge. Later that year I was awarded the Certificate of Merit from the Worshipful Company.
2016 - Appointed Secretary of the Cornish Blacksmiths Collective, as the main point of contact working with the National Blacksmithing Competition Committee as part of the live and static competitions held throughout the UK which take place during the Royal Cornwall Show.
2017 - Worked with the BBC as a consultant and on set Blacksmith for filming projects in Cornwall.
Photos taken from various demonstration and in my forge
The Old Smithy
Situated in the village of Mawnan Smith, close to the Trebah and Glendurgan Gardens and five minutes away from the ferry crossing at Helford River, 'The Old Smithy' is an historic forge which has been a very active part of the community for over 250 years.
In 1851 there were four working smithies serving nineteen farms in the parish but by 1901 only one remained. For over one hundred years the forge, operated by the James Family, was the centre of village life until the death of Dryden James in 1994, when 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 on October 19th 2006 after four years of fund raising and was reopen to the public in late 2007. Along with the forge, three workshops were added to the site during the renovation project. These are currently occupied by a Silversmith, a Carpenter and a Traditional Sign Writer.