Open Studios: The knives are out at Blenheim Forge

18th August 2016 Craft, Meet the Makers

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” – luckily for us, the work of Blenheim Forge ticks both of those boxes!
Hello Blenheim Forge! Where are you based?
We are in the Arches off Blenheim Grove. We have been here for about 2 years and we share it with many other interesting crafts people so there is always something going on.

Tell us about your practice: How did you get into it and what do you love about it? What’s the most difficult part of the process?
Making knives started out as a hobby, something we’d play around with at the weekend. James used to work as a blacksmith in this workshop, so we had the opportunity to use some of the tools here. One day we decided to make damascus, a complicated forge welding process, and it worked; which was the beginning of a long learning process to repeat it! The forging process itself is very complicated, there are many variables that can go wrong, which is also what we love about it.

How do you feel about being part of the first Peckham-wide open studios as part of Peckham Festival?
It is always interesting to be part of new open studio events as you get a chance to see what everyone is up to in the area.

Where can people find your work online and get in touch?
Our website blenheimforge.co.uk, Instagram, Twitter, or just come by the arch for a visit. We are here most days!

 

A visit to Blenheim forge is not to be missed! Pop into see them hard at work at 229 Blenheim Arches on the 10-11th September.