Yup, This is me, but I don’t look this good in real life!
I am Phil Rayner, and I have been blacksmithing since 1990 (this is beginning to
sound like a ‘smiths anonymous meeting!) In my time I have been employed in various
companies making everything from lights to rock crushers, including restoration work
for the National Trust. As you look through my galleries, you will see I can turn
my hand to most metalwork, from medieval dining sets to modern gate design.
My influences are, primarily, medieval and shaker style, and you may be pleased to
know that I do not consider myself an artist, although I have developed an eye for
balance and aesthetics in my ironwork. If you require something very artistic, please
supply a drawing and I’ll tell you if I can make it.
As well as working both iron and steel, I have now started forging bronze and other
non ferrous metals. While they are more difficult to work with, some nice effects
can be got by combining the metals.
You may have guessed that I have an odd sense of humour, don’t let that put you off,
but I have been told it is nice when I stop.