Joe Tyler

Joe Tyler trained at the National School of Blacksmithing, Herefordshire. Joe’s interests lie in history, especially ancient crafts, and all types of metal work from historical and traditional to contemporary. Joe carries out demonstrations and talks all year round in various locations across the UK on blacksmithing in the Saxon period as well as modern blacksmithing techniques. 

Joe has taught at Chichester and Plumpton College’s and privately for the past 10 years. He also demonstrates and creates films at Butser Ancient Farm, focusing on the historical replica ironwork of Saxon England and the Iron Age. Joe has appeared on TV’s History Hit with survival and bushcraft expert Ray Mears. Joe’s Saxon replica work is exhibited at Brighton Museum.

My approach to teaching

Discovering student’s interests, then helping them find their creative path. Once students see what a few fundamental processes can achieve, many possibilities are opened. To help a student create something they are proud of is very satisfying.

What inspires my work

Practicing a craft that has not changed for thousands of years, apart from a few pieces of machinery. The connection of the hammer and the anvil is priceless and pushing the boundaries of the material. I am happy making the smallest and most simple of items to the most intricate, as long as my hammer is in my hand I am smiling.

I have a passion for my craft and all aspects of blacksmithing and metalwork and to share these skills to create a diverse and inclusive experience for all.

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