Simon Grant-Jones is a professional Master Blacksmith specialising in bespoke forged metalwork.
He was trained as a Journeyman by the renowned English Master Blacksmith Paul Allen,
and has qualifications to valify his work presented by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, with whom
he holds Fellowship status. Simon Received the Paul Allen award for outstanding proficiency on
the Rural Development Commission new entrant training scheme in 1998, he was also reserve National Champion Blacksmith for static ironwork for 2008 and 2009 and UK National Champion Blacksmith for 2010 and 2012, he is a holder of a Bronze medal awarded by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths of London. Simon has consistently produced many individual show champion pieces.
"Grant-Jones is now a well regarded master of his craft" daily telegraph
Simon works from his forge studio in Sutton Poyntz, Dorset.
His main interests are in producing bespoke items of high quality traditional ironwork for individual customers, and recreating and restoring ancient metalwork using traditional tools, methods and techniques, with a personal interest in period kitchenalia.
He also re-creates and produces specialist tooling such as thatching tools, stonemasons tools, wheelwrights tools and other tools for almost every traditional trade. Simon can also undertake fabrication and welding, producing gates, railings and more standard items of metalwork.
Simon is a Fellow & Licentiate of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths and has a CERT Ed teaching qualification, he uses this additional skill to teach his art to adults and young people at suitably equipped schools and colleges.
He is a keen historian with a passion for the history of metalworking and wrought ironwork.
A detailed multi media e-book researching the history of the blacksmith and how the Blacksmith works today,in collaboration with Adrian Wood, "about the Blacksmith" is available for download.
Simon has had TV experience, lately starring as the Blacksmith/Ironmonger in the BBC's historical documentary "Turn Back time" and as a contributor for the BBC4 programme "the Blacksmiths Tale", part of the metalworks series for 2012, a guest appearance on BBC's bargain hunt, an appearance on the childrens channel CBeebies as well as several other craft based programmes. He can be booked to give talks to interested groups and organisations.
Simon also sits on the National Blacksmiths Competition Committee, the Blacksmiths guild committee
and runs the qualifying heat held at the Dorset County show annually.
The Ironmongers' Turn Back Time
Browse the slideshow below for a sample of our varied work
"The tradition of hot forging the metal cannot and must not, be lost"
We continue the craft of the village Blacksmith and specialise in bespoke traditional forged ironwork.
Our work is recognised for its quality and skill by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths of London.
We create bespoke wrought ironwork for domestic, commercial, architectural and heritage conservation.
We make and develop tools for allied and specialist craftspeople such as thatchers, stonemasons and wheelwrights. We also supply accurate artifacts for living history purposes for museums, TV production, individuals and re-enactment groups.