Tim Nevill Committee Member

If it isn't out there, we can make it

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I am a 38-year-old experienced blacksmith, I have trained with Martin Lewis (IrONY) who is the last line of Lewis blacksmiths in the Rushall area since the "1700's". I trained for 4 years (though I am still learning), and traded for 3 years under the name of Metal Dreams Blacksmith 

I can make practically anything using any metal from small ornaments to large gates using traditional and modern techniques. Some of the projects I have worked on are rose arches, fire pits, stair handrails and garden benches to name a few.

Prior to blacksmithing, I left school at 16 to study vehicle mechanics and engineering at Salisbury college for 3 years. In 2003 I joined the army reserves, As Challenger 2 Tank crew replacement which included a Christmas tour of duty in Iraq in 2004-2005.I then stayed with RxWY till 2018,
Where I was doing REME,G4 and teaching over the years of service 

Since then, I have worked at Wilts and Dorset, as a bus mechanic, coach fabricator and MOT inspector. I went on to work at Halfords Autocentre, as a mechanic and MOT tester and then on to The Motor Garage, doing the same. It was at that time in my life when I experienced mental health issues and I wanted to pursue a career in which I had a real interest so blacksmithing was the way forward.  

In between working at the garages, I have done general building work, gardening, and groundwork. I have two beautiful daughters, I enjoy fishing, outdoor activities and walking across Salisbury Plain