Prior to the NHIG bursary Alex had been the proprietor of Foundry Forge for 6 years following completion of the National Diploma in Blacksmithing and Metalwork at HTC. During the course of that time a wide range of projects were successfully undertaken, some of which would come under a conservation / restoration heading.
It became clear that the application of common sense and sound blacksmithing principles, whilst a good start, were not enough to do justice to some of the magnificent pieces of heritage art he was asked to restore. It was this, combined with a lack of formal conservation qualifications to lend weight to his recommendations to clients, which led him to jump at the chance of participating in the first National Heritage Ironwork Group Bursary in conservation blacksmithing.
Having successfully completed this, he has reopened Foundry Forge in partnership with Simon Doyle under the Heritage Blacksmith Partnership banner with the aim of offering a dedicated service to the heritage conservation industry.
Immediately on completion of the NHIG bursary, Alex also completed the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths’ Gabriel Scholarship in repousse, and has recently been made an Associate of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.
Alex has given a series of presentations on all aspects of forged iron restoration and conservation, and is a regular guest lecturer at West Dean College.