orging ironwork into artwork was an obvious move for farrier David Gill. From unicorn shoes to commemorative candleholders, his work shows off not only his skills as a craftsman, but his passion to simply make.
I asked David, the creator/owner of Aslockton Forge, if he could share the story behind his work. He took the time to answer a few of my questions. Enjoy!
Tell us a bit about you and your shop.
I became self-employed as a farrier in 1977. In 1987 I built my own workshop ‘Aslockton Forge’. For many years I just shod horses, but I also helped my Dad with his fabricating business. Life changes and a couple of years ago I submitted some work to a craft centre…and it sold! It was upon their recommendation that I opened up my Etsy shop. I list things I’m confident about making, horseshoes & fire-irons, but I also include my book on farriery and that is to illustrate my background…I have 45yrs in blacksmithing and farriery.
What inspires you to create?
Making things is in my nature, we tend to be good at what we enjoy and we enjoy doing what we do best. But if you’re asking ‘what I strive for’ then that is best explained by saying that I want people to enjoy receiving the objects I make…creative people do seek recognition!
What are your favorite materials?
Well, I forge in iron & steel, but I like to add copper rivets, where I can, to add another colour.
What’s your favorite item in your shop? And why?
My favorite item is the ‘Blacksmith Forged, Entwined Horseshoes, Personalized with both date and names’ but on a technical note I also like the ‘Commemorative ‘Horseshoe Heart’ candle holder; Wedding gift personalized with both names and date’. The candle holder is created through a number of blacksmithing techniques and I think is cleverly made. The stamps I use are vintage stamps and I choose to use ones with a serif for the main lettering.
It’s in my nature to strive and achieve; my book I devised, researched, wrote, illustrated and created the page layout; that was in my past…Now I’m channeling my creativity into forging things, which people will both want and cherish…that is my new role.