Fifty Portraits

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Portrait No 36 – Robin, Blacksmith & Anvil Dealer

This week I had the pleasure of meeting and spending a fascinating few hours with Robin at his smithy in the Rossendale hills. I never realised that something so apparently unassuming as an anvil could have such a rich and interesting history, I also had no idea that there is a thriving international trade in anvils!

Robin’s love for all things blacksmith related started at age 10 when he was inspired by a TV programme but unfortunately his plans for an apprenticeship after school were dashed when he suffered kidney failure.

Many years and three kidney transplants later Robin is certainly following his passion, he trades anvils internationally as well has having a small forge. He also runs workshops in blacksmithing and plans are underway for a local museum.

Robin also has another claim to fame, last year he was a category winner in George Clarke’s Shed of The Year. I can’t say I’m surprised though, his shed is a photographers dream, it’s crammed full of interesting old things that are great to photograph.

You can find Robin on Instagram here or visit his website here.

(All images ©Janet Broughton