Note that this
article was originally written in 1968 by Mrs. P. Reeks.
Mr. Sims had retired (see
the page on Farriery) the "Village Smithy"
stayed empty for five or six years, until Mr. Smith re—opened
it in a completely different sphere, wrought-iron work.
Smith makes gates, grilles, lamps, standard lamps, and
furniture with great skill and has markets all over the
world. He explained that gates were not simply to fill gaps,
but were designed carefully with attention paid to stresses
and strains as well as beauty. He designs all his own work
as in his own words, ''the craftsman must know his
material to be able to design".
Mr. Smith does exquisite scroll work, and it is the
scroll shapes that are the beautiful parts of wrought-iron
work. They have to be made in the correct proportions which
can only be judged by experienced eyes.
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