Neil trained as a blacksmith in Hereford at the internationally recognised centre of excellence for the training of blacksmiths and farriers. He later taught there for 10 years at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
In February 2016, he was awarded the bronze medal from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths and is now a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths (FWCB), Master Blacksmith.
He has gained awards over the years for his work in different contexts, from the Medals and Certificates won at Royal Horticultural Flower Shows to the spirited arena of National and International Blacksmithing competitions.
He is a former Chair and now Chief Steward of the Blacksmithing and Farrier Committee at the Royal Three Counties Show. He is a member of BABA, the British Artist Blacksmith Association.
Neil has been a blacksmith for the past two decades, working from Dragons Wood Forge, set within the beauty of the glorious East Herefordshire countryside. Specialising in pieces of art for the garden,he designs and makes all his own work on an individual basis. This ensures a “statement piece” of art that is both original and unique.
His sources of inspiration range from the natural world to the realms of fantasy: architectural plant forms and dragons. He also likes to work with wood as well as metal.