Meet Blacksmith Richard

Richard joined Coach House Forge in December 2022. Richard grew up around Hanmer, on the Welsh/Shropshire border, but moved to the Nantwich area after completing his BTEC Diploma at the National School of Blacksmithing in Hereford.

As seen on TV!

Outside of blacksmithing, Richard has many interests in the crafts. Including leatherwork, sewing, tailoring and embroidery. This has all stemmed from his passion for history, learning these skills in order to recreate historically accurate military uniforms.

Richard’s hobby of historical reenactment has taken him across the globe; taking part in battle anniversaries and history-based events, not to mention a little film extras work, most notably on the BBC drama, Poldark.

Royal Welch Fusiliers

Richard is involved with Museum volunteering, having previously worked behind the scenes to examine original pieces for his recreations, he is now involved publicly. In 2023, Richard, while in costume, gave ‘Jacobite tours’ at Chester Castle, exhibited his uniform collection, and gave a talk at Royal Welch Fusiliers Festival (RWF FEST), which is a fundraising event held by the RWF Museum and the regiment he loyally portrays!

Richard will continue to turn out at events (with his newly formed reenactment group) representing the RWF, the biggest being the American War of Independence for the 250th anniversary (2025).

What’s your favourite product CHF sells and why?

 The Medium Hammered Bowl. When the light hits the facets of the hammer marks, you see all the texturing that’s gone into making it, and you can see the depth of colour to the metal.

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