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DarrenSelwoodA teenager from the Isle of Wight who is studying blacksmithing at Chichester College’s Brinsbury campus is hoping his creation will catch the judge’s eye at this year’s Young Craftsman of the Year Award at the South of England Show.

Darren Selwood has painstakingly crafted an articulated hand using a range of techniques.

It’s the first time students from the blacksmithing and farrier courses have entered the awards and Course Tutor Colm O’Gallachoir has high hopes for his students. He said:

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“I have been so impressed with the work of the students and the effort they have put into their entries. Blacksmithing skills haven’t changed in hundreds of years and it’s fantastic to see teenagers learning this ancient trade. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for an award.”


The Brinsbury blacksmiths will be running a working forge at the show on the Brinsbury stand in the Wildlife, Farming and Forestry section next week 11th, 12th, 13th June at the showground in Ardingly.

Last week a BBC Gardeners’ World camera crew visited the Brinsbury forge with television presenter and garden designer Ann-Marie Powell. They came to see an amazing structure being built by the students that will be part of Macmillan Legacy Garden at RHS Hampton Court this year. The pod-like structure will be a key element of the garden and will be covered in ferns.

There are a range of blacksmithing and farrier courses at Brinsbury which is only of the few colleges in the UK with its own forge. For more information on courses click here.

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