Adrian Legge is a 2nd generation blacksmith from Bromyard, England. In his almost 40 year career he has been involved in work as diverse as the restoration of 17th century gates and railings, the design and making of contemporary garden sculpture and teaching the craft to others at Hereford College of the Arts.
What We Talked About
- Adrian was very academic as a young lad and went to college with hopes of becoming a biochemist. After a stint of college, he decided to work with his father who was a blacksmith, farrier and farmer. His father soon enrolled Adrian into a blacksmithing college, Hereford College, where he ended up loving the craft. Adrian has been teaching blacksmithing at Hereford College for the past 28 years. Here is a link to the college, http://www.hca.ac.uk/Courses/University-Level/BA-(Hons)/Artist-Blacksmithing
- Adrian remembers his first time demonstrating in front of a crowd; he was very nervous. He says he’s not adept at the “7 P”s” – prior planning and preparation prevents piss poor performance.
- Adrian attended the Emma International Collaboration in Saskatchewan, Canada in 2014. A gathering of 100 artists of all crafts gather for one week and collaborate without the use of electricity, http://www.emmacollaboration.com/events
- Pricing and business are two things he also teaches in his courses at the college. Adrian developed a spreadsheet that has formulas built into it to help you figure out your hourly rate.
- As a liveryman, a national judge, and assessor for the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, Adrian enjoys every part of being involved with a tradition that carries on through the centuries. He talks about the circuit competitions they have all year round and the details of what the qualification classes will be and the awards given to the winners. The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths is one of the oldest City of London Livery Companies and it’s first ever recorded blacksmithing record is from the year of 1299! Here is a link to their website, http://blacksmithscompany.org/.
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Website – www.bringstyforge.co.uk
Hereford College of the Arts Blacksmithing Program – http://www.hca.ac.uk/Courses/University-Level/BA-(Hons)/Artist-Blacksmithing
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