Guest Blog – The Artisanship of Metal Working


By David Sanders – Angry Anvil Forge

Since I was a child, I always had the urge to create like my mother a Navy Veteran and Artisan Painter or fix things like my father a Mechanic. I suppose you could say those are the building blocks for my genetic creativity.

I often found broken items and would repurpose them into something extraordinary, like my Uncle Richard. On one occasion I came across an old box trap he had handmade for catching critters that would invade his garden. It intrigued me on how he made it from Steal Metal Shelving. I ask how he made it and instead of telling me, he taught me with a hammer and chisel to make one of my own. I was able to create something amazing with simple hand tools. He was an amazing teacher, never making you feel inadequate for your current knowledge, instead he would add to it. He taught me to transformed rebar with a torch and hammer, making custom metal mounting brackets. You could say he sparked my interest in the Artisanship of Metalworking.

During High School, I took classes in Architectural and Mechanical Drafting, and Welding. My instructor Joe, would encouraged his students to try new methods of welding, from Stick, Mig, and Tig, along with Gas Cutting and Brazing.


Upon graduation, I enlisted into the United States Navy as a Hull Maintenance Technician where I was able to gain in depth knowledge in Structural Fabrication and Shipboard Repairs, and blessed to have met my wife Sara. I was later assigned to a Ship where I was being asked to repair small items such as levers, to designing and fabricating custom parts for the Repair Crew of the Ship Helicopters. I found myself as a true Metal Artisan, working miracles with small pieces of metal when parts were in limited supply. I would tinker in the Weld Shop with junk bolts making scrap figuring’s, and told I had talent to make and sell things; triggering the creative light bulb in my head.

manUpon returned from deployment, I began purchasing equipment not found in stores today; machinery from long ago. After years of searching, collecting, and restoring to working order to included family heirlooms passed down from my Maternal Grandfather, to my Uncle Richard, to me; a 1912 Miller Falls Shop Vise and blessed to have restore my Paternal Grandfather Charles’ 1912 Indian Chief Blacksmith Post Vise, which I now own. In my quest to find right pieces, I have restore Two Buffalo Forge Company Manual Hand Shears; both from the 1912 era and an old 1914 Throat Less Shear my Wife gave me as a Father’s Day gift.

Using antique equipment provides a sense of honoring those Artisan Metal Workers from the past, and making those with us today proud to see their machinery being used as they should be vice becoming rusting pieces forgotten.

As an Artisan Metal Sculptor, I look forward to growing my knowledge and continue to create many great works of art.

If you are interest in seeing some of my creations, you may find me on Facebook at the Angry Anvil Forge by David Sanders, or on Etsy at

If you have inquiry you would like to make, you may also send an email to

Design Inspiration for your home or office

Are you looking for modern industrial design inspiration for your home or office?

Have you thought about new ways in which you can modernise your workspace?
The trend at the moment is for the industrial design furniture so we thought we’d give you a helping hand by coming up with some suggestions, that are easy to do, and don’t have to cost the earth.

Here’s an example of how James Kemp, one of our customers, bought tube clamping to create a trendy desk at exactly the right dimensions for his room, with beautiful matching shelves.


And below is a picture from S & L Flowers in Chichester who created an eye catching shelving display in their shop.


Take a look at the shelves that were made on the DIY SOS programme for a teenage boy who wanted something stylish yet functional for his bedroom.

See the story here

The sky’s the limit and you can order it all from our online store.

We try our utmost to get your order to you within 24 hours and we’ll even cut it to size for you. But best of all, delivery of your order is free if its £70.00 or more.

We’d love to see your creations, so please tag us in on Twitter @TheMetalStoreUK and we could be showing off your show stopper next time around.

Guest Blog: Working and Teaching with Metal is a Way of Life

I am a blacksmith and an artist blacksmith. I differentiate between the terms because I feel I wear different hats according to the work I am doing.  My bread and butter work is the small scale production of functional items such as fire sets, curtain rails and small domestic items but I also make commissioned sculptural works and exhibition pieces as well as historically accurate reproduction and renovation works.

Teaching Black Smithing

Teaching Black Smithing

At the heart of everything that I do is metal. I work mainly in mild steel and to a lesser extent stainless steel (316).I work by hand on the anvil, using a power hammer for large

works. I work mainly in small diameter lengths, 6ml up to 2 inch and sheet steel. I use the gas forge most of the time though I do have a coke forge for fire welding.

It was my father’s influence that encouraged me into smithing. He was originally a sculptor in other materials but found himself increasingly drawn towards metal. The forge was the hub of our home, the smell of hot metal and grind pervaded everything. My father taught me that forging metal is more than just heating and bending. You have to work with the material; it’s like a dance, or a wrestling match. You need timing and accuracy, getting it to the right temperature and striking it in the right spot.  It is a hard material that doesn’t give up its shape easily; it needs to be coaxed firmly until it reluctantly agrees to transfigure itself. There is something incredibly magical about watching it become malleable with heat and change under the hammer blows.

collage of metal craftwork

I undertook a degree in fine art and trained as a teacher but continued smithing. I was offered a contract as the blacksmith in residence at the Museum of Welsh Life where I worked for several years. I started to develop my own smithing business, Ferric Fusion,  after this, alongside working in FE as a resistant materials lecturer before leaving to build the business full time.

I started teaching smithing on weekend courses because I enjoy passing on the skills I have acquired. The monthly blacksmithing courses have become very successful and were short listed for the inaugural UK  Craft  Skills awards.


Smithing is more than a job, it’s a way of life. When I’m not in the forge I am usually designing or discussing techniques with one of my two brothers who are also blacksmiths. My daughter has just been offered a place on a sculpture course. Perhaps she’ll be the first of a third generation.


Aaron Petersen, Ferric Fusion

To book a place on one of Aaron’s one and two day blacksmithing courses contact via the website courses cost £130 for one day, £260 for two days.

To see a video of Aaron making one of his rams head pokers which was shot by heritage crafts film specialists Artisan Media visit you tube


If you’re interested in being a Guest Blogger for The Metal Store feel free to get in touch with us, we’d love to showcase your work!

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Customer Creations: Tube Clamp Furniture


This week, one of our customers sent us some photographs of furniture they produced using our tube clamp kits.

Created by The Goodingham Brothers, this tube clamp bed and clothes rail would look great in any modern looking home. We love the industrial, yet stylish look that’s really popular right now, with both homes and businesses.


We found a similar clothes rail design on Pintrest, showing how it would look in your home. We absolutely love the stylish. modern vibe it gives off and think it would work well as a clothes rail at home or a cloakroom rail in a business.

clothes rail

The Goodingham Brothers – Ben and Tim – formed their partnership and established their furniture design and making business in 1994.

Over the last 20 years, they have worked in many different projects whereby their knowledge, skills, craftsmanship and interest in design have produced bespoke furniture to a wide range of clients. Projects range from domestic to commercial, including offices, studios, shops and small architectural projects.

If you’d like to see more bespoke furniture designs, please visit

If you’ve created something using metal from The Metal Store, please feel free to let us know and send us some pictures. We’d love to see and share your handywork!

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