Shropshire Blacksmithing student makes Impression

A Shropshire work experience student has made a striking impression at a metalworking centre of excellence.

James Beddoes, 16, of Bishop's Castle Community College, spent a week with Blacksmiths at the British Ironwork Centre where the experienced craftsperson’s were stunned by the self-taught skills he displayed at such a young age.

The talented youngster, who built his own forge at his home, created a beautiful ornamental window guard during his time at the Centre which he will sell to raise funds for Hope House Children's Hospice.  Whilst he has made many items at home, this project represented his first attempt at creating a decorative piece – with impressive results.

Clive Knowles, Chairman, said "James has produced some excellent work and it is indeed rare to see such a level of skill and competence in one so young. He has been a credit to his college and we look forward to seeing the work he produces in the future!"

“We will shortly be offering some fantastic opportunities in blacksmithing experiences and courses and encourage all interested to watch this space!”


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