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Edwardian Farm star smithy Simon forges ahead after TV show

By This is Devon  |  Posted: January 21, 2011

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SOUTH Devon eco-blacksmith Simon Summers is being flooded with offers of work after making a TV splash in the popular BBC Two series Edwardian Farm.

The 40-year-old talented smithy has been filmed using centuries-old techniques to carry out his blacksmith work during the series.

But his craftwork reached a high point during the last episode of the series this week when millions of viewers watched as he crafted a five-foot-high cockerel weather vane made from copper and iron and gilded with gold, – using only the techniques and technologies that would have been available during the Edwardian era.

Simon, who lives at Landscove in a 100-year-old gypsy caravan and operates a solar-powered forge, said he had been offered work doing workshops in Europe and has had offers of work in this country and even Belgium.

"My phone hasn't stopped ringing and a lot of it has been from other blacksmiths congratulating me," he explained.

Since the Edwardian farm series was filmed, Simon has been doing restoration work and small projects making one-off items for people on his forge.

He was overjoyed with the way his work was presented on the TV show as he said: "The guy narrating what I was doing was absolutely brilliant. I was overwhelmed with the way they presented the whole programme. It shared my passion and my joy for the blacksmith's craft. To me it's an honour to share my passion and craft with people all over."

Simon, who is also a qualified millwright, has won awards for his work from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths in London.

He can be contacted at simonblacksmith@hotmail.com or on 07791511941.

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