Tucked away in a quiet corner of Cornwall there lives a real live Blacksmith. Sounds like the beginning of a medieval novel…. However, this man really exists.
He goes by the name of Mark and is the Blacksmith at Twisted Metal Art located in the Barrow Centre in the magnificent Mount Edgecumbe.
Most people visiting Cornwall will shoot straight past this quiet corner of the county in search of the more popular areas further down. The Rame Peninsular is located just over the Torpoint ferry from Plymouth. Or, more likely if in a large motorhome turn back towards Torpoint from the Trelulefoot roundabout on the A38 (also signed towards Looe) follow the signs towards Millbrook and then on to Mount Edgecumbe.
Mark at Twisted Metal runs the old estate forge at Edgecumbe and is a proper old fashioned craftsman.
For a small fee you can spend the day with him learning skills that go back to when metal was first used.
I had the best of days and it was good to be able to make things that will be of use for many years to come. Watch out kids these will definitely be in the will….
We started the day with the standard safety talk and a tour around the equipment used in this traditional workshop. Mark explains the forge, the various parts of the anvil as well as the array of hammers that are there for the use of.
Once done we went on to make a simple bottle opener, this demonstrates the techniques of twisting the bar for decoration as well as hammering flat the end and dressing it over.
Then on to something slightly more ambitious. I chose a boot puller and item that on a wet year will prove invaluable at Glastonbury for removing the wellies at the end of the day.
Mark took me through each step of the process and explained every thing great enthusiasm.
We stayed at Whitsand Bay Fort which is a five minute drive from Edgecumbe and offers great facilities.
Twisted Metal Art have a website at
https://www.twistedmetalart.co.uk/ or Mark can be contacted on 07546450951.