Forged in Britain: Hidden world of the blacksmith revealed as metal masters go hammer and tongs to showcase their incredible weaponry

Mail Online | 5/31/2017 | Alex Matthews For Mailonline
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A rare insight into the ancient profession of blacksmithing has been revealed as the skilled craftsmen open up their forgotten forges.

Britain's master blacksmiths have opened up their workshops for US TV programme Forged in Fire, showcasing their expertise as they create replica weaponry, including pirate cutlasses and medieval axes.

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Hammering and moulding, Alec Steele, Joshua Burrell, Owen Bush, Rod Hughes and Grace Horne are the tradesmen and women showing off traditional techniques for viewers across the Atlantic.

Alec, 19, is the youngest of the blacksmiths taking part and described his job as 'badass'.

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Based in Norwich, he runs his own forge and is the only blacksmith who 'vlogs' his crafting work on a daily basis.

His YouTube channel has more than 200,000 subscribers and receives seven million views a month.

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He said: 'I started blacksmithing at a very young age and when I was just 16 I left school because I was so entrenched in this passion.

'I was completely convinced and knew I would make it work – honestly, it was the best decision I've ever made. Blacksmithing is something that is surging in popularity, I would argue, faster than ever.'

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Father and son partnership, Joshua and Graham Burrell, specialise in forging woodworking axes and other traditional British edged tools.

Working from his forge in Loughborough, Josh is very much following in the family footsteps and is trying to revive the industry with his knowledge of past times - his father has been working in the trade since 1983 and has taught him everything he needs to know.

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Josh said: 'Forged in Fire has shown people that bladesmithing and blacksmithing can be a viable career.

'It's a continuation of tradition and heritage.'

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Two of Britain's more experienced blacksmiths, Owen Bush and Rod Hughes, are also passionate about trying to galvanise the trade in the 21st...
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