Upon completing his studies, Ian returned to the Dorset-Wiltshire borders where he has joined Tony and Paul Sparkes at their forge in the village of Berwick St John.
Having recently discovered a love for the great outdoors, Ian spends his free time out and about in the great wide world either wandering around the countryside, helping his parents looking after their many animals or volunteering at the Ancient Technology Centre in Cranborne.
All of these pastimes as well as his time spent travelling have helped to provide inspiration and ideas from which Ian is then able to create beautiful and unique pieces of work.
In 2013, Ian was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths for works done.
Ian first started blacksmithing having decided that office work wasn't necessarily for him.
Starting work with Forged Affairs in April 2008, by the end of the first day Ian was hooked. He promptly signed up to the blacksmith course at Warwickshire College where he spent 2 years training with Michelle Parker to obtain his National Certificate in Blacksmithing.
During this period, Ian used his spare time to purchase a small portable forge and
anvil so that he could continue blacksmithing away from college. He also signed up
to two evening courses, one run by the Dorset Centre for Rural Skills and the other
run at Kingston Maurward College.
In March 2011, Ian was awarded a journeymanship by the Princes Foundation for Building Community.
This gave him the opportunity to work alongside craftspeople from a variety of disciplines
all with a common passion for the use of traditional crafts.
It also allowed him to work with a number of well renowned blacksmiths throughout the country,
providing Ian with invaluable experience.