Road trip to the BABA AGM

Andy and James took some time out of the busy Ironart schedule, packed up one of the vans and headed north to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield for the annual AGM and conference of the British Artist Blacksmith Association last weekend.  Sounds like they had a great time. James took some pics and talked to me about his experience:

“It was really good to put faces to the names I read about in the BABA magazine and blacksmiths I’d heard about during my days at Hereford College.  The AGM gave me the opportunity to meet some of the people who have written books that I’ve read, and whose work has inspired me.  I got to chat to other UK blacksmiths who are in a similar stage of their career as me, we discussed ideas and future plans; and I talked to a French compagnons-du-devoir journeyman who shared his experience of this well-established infrastructure and learning model, which seems much more integrated than ours. BABA had organised some really interesting debates and discussions about the future of blacksmithing in general. Peter Parkinson’s drawing lecture was a particular highlight, along with meeting Alan Dawson, founder of Adaptahaus and the collaborative artist blacksmith Henry Pomfret. I’d definitely go again and recommend it to others – there were so many ways you can get something out of an experience like this.”

 

 

The Ironart team find their spiritual home

Martin, Jim and Andy (pictured left to right) at Ironbridge last weekend for the BABA AGM (British Artist Blacksmith Association) 2012

The Ironbridge Gorge is known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution and today it is such a beautiful and fascinating place we highly recommend putting it on your list of ‘places to visit before you die!’

The bridge itself was designed and built by Abraham Darby III – the Quaker Darby dynasty played a hugely pivotal role in the Industrial revolution. Ironbridge is the largest cast iron structure of Abraham Darby’s era and the first iron bridge ever built. It crossed over the Severn near Coalbrookdale.

Andy, Martin and Jim underneath Abraham Darby III Ironbridge

Andy, Martin and Jim underneath Abraham Darby III Ironbridge

 

Ironart kids on the Ironbridge
Abraham Darby's Iron bridge, Shropshire

Abraham Darby's Iron bridge, Shropshire