I have been making a few new hooks just recently, some squiggly small ones and a few larger ones on a similar theme. I have also been at the horseshoes again, after being asked to make something functional as well as decorative. KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA










I was recently asked to make a Christmas gift from the shoes of the clients own horse. This has reminded me that it’s been a very long time since I made anything new from a horse shoe, and it’s been even longer since I update this blog!
I keep getting told off for not updating, so I suppose I really should try to make more of an effort to put things up as they are made…….

I started work on a small hunting knife some time ago and have only recently finished it. The blade is O1 tool steel tempered in the forge and with the forge finish left to provide some character. the handle is Spalted Lime. The pins and lanyard hole are brass rod. I had decided to keep this one for myself, but my cousin came to visit recently and declared it “beautiful” …..so it’s now living in Yorkshire.

If I’m to make many more edged tools like this, then I will have to get a decent belt grinder for the bevels and profiling. This one was all done with hand files.

We have one of those deep kitchen drawers at home, the ones that everything that doesn’t have a proper home ends up living in. So I have made a couple of Kitchen utensil racks to make life a little easier. The racks can of course be almost any size and shape and have any practical number of hooks to take whatever you need to hang. Variations can hold tea towels, utensils and even pots and pans. Designs very, so don’t be afraid to ask for something that suits you.

As well as the horseshoe hoof-picks and the lucky recycled horseshoes that seem to be selling very well, I have been looking for something to do with the shoes that I have been given.

First up, a tea-light or candle  holder  made from a shoe.

Tea-light holder from a horseshoe

Horseshoes are a great material to make objects from, they have a natural texture that comes from the hard use they have been put to in their previous lives and are full of character as a result. They are also very easy to come by, I doubt there is a Horse owner in the country that doesn’t have a small pile of unwanted shoes kicking about their yard. Shoes can also have a special meaning to the horse owner, a lovingly crafted item made from the shoe of a favourite mount can make a lasting and special momento of a favourite friend.

Next up is a quick commission for an interesting house number made from an old shoe, I hope she likes it. Other numbers and of course house names can easily be made to order, just drop me a quick email for details.Horseshoe door number

Well I guess it’s way past time I did a quick update to let everyone know what I have been up to. December was a month of snow and ice, and although the Forge is only a few miles from my home, the journey proved too much for my boat of a Citroen to handle, and  in typical French style, it just shrugged it’s shoulders and refused to move for the two full weeks the snow lasted.

Christmas came and went, with snow on the ground on Christmas day for the first time I can ever remember and as the new year began, we found ourselves baking in temperatures in the high fours and fives.

January is the start of a whole new year and with it the real start of  Troll Spindle Forge as a full time occupation, or at least that’s the plan….

I have had a tentative dabble in the world of indoor markets, and will be at the Launceston White Hart Hotel indoor market that is held every Tuesday from 9am till 2pm. You are all very welcome to come in, say hello and have a look at all the stalls.

I have also just been having a bit of a play in the forge making some squiggly tealight holders, single holders at the moment, but the plan is to make multiple holders and to up-scale the design to hold church candles as well. Here are a few pictures so you can get the idea.

Squiggly Tealight Holders

Hand forged from mild steel each holder is of course unique. once the shape is achieved the cup is welded into place and the whole thing is given a wire brush finish before  the final finish of lacquer is applied.

The weekend of the 11th and 12th of September saw the third “Forge In” at the Blacksmiths guild at Westpoint in Devon. John Bellamy once again took a varied group of Smiths through a couple of demonstrations followed by some problem solving and a chance to get dirty on any subject the smiths chose. Special tooling was discussed and made; ideas mooted and then dissected till any problems real or imagined were solved. In all it was a very fun and enjoyable weekend. I took a few random Photographs of the event, hope you like them.

John Bellamy