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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Strike while the iron's hot to catch this blacksmith display

Visitors to the Yorkshire Dales national park's Malham centre can get a glimpse of the life of a blacksmith, thanks to an exhibition until the end of July.

Crafty ... exhibition photos showing Annabelle at work.
The display features the work of Annabelle Bradley, who took over local smithy in 2007 after re-training following a career as an accountant.

Functional ironwork ornamented with hand-forged rams and sculptures inspired by the surrounding streams and woodland are on show. Annabelle also runs blacksmithing beginners’ courses from the smithy.

The exhibition includes photographs of her at work by Shaun Richardson, a mature photography student completing his BA. His photographs form part of a series of projects featuring people at work using traditional skills.

Centre manager Chris Lancaster said: “These displays from Annabelle and Shaun present additional interest for our many visitors to the area. Annabelle’s work is influenced by the environment in which she lives and encompasses the many special features of the Yorkshire Dales national park and the spectacular landscape of Malhamdale.”

Staff at the centre are expecting a busy spring and summer as people come to visit the spectacular Malham Cove and watch the resident Peregrine Falcons through high-powered telescopes at a free viewing point run by the park authority and the RSPB.

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