Art 'ripe' for the picking

May 18, 2017

Metal sculptor and blacksmith Simon Pankhurst will feature at Pfeiffer Wines on May 20 and 21. Photograph by Big Bright Photos.

It’s a labour of love when metal sculptor and blacksmith Simon Pankhurst uses his tools of the trade to forge steel into beautiful pieces of art.
Residents can take a closer look at his work and see the Bright artist leading demonstrations at Pfeiffer Wines on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, between 11am and 2pm.
The winery is displaying a collection of Mr Pankhurst’s artworks this month, which are available to purchase.
His artworks include sculptures and garden decorations made from manipulating recycled metal and forge work in bench seats and firewood baskets.
Mr Pankhurst said there had been a recent resurgence in blacksmithing, particularly at a hobby level.
“It’s a trade that will never go out of style, but it’s great to see people taking it up,” he said.
“The steel work has unlimited potential.
“I will sit down with my modern and historic tools and think of all the things I can make because you are really only limited by your imagination.
“Some pieces will take hours upon hours to complete, so it’s definitely a craft that takes patience.”
For the past decade, Mr Pankhurst has turned his interest into full-time work.
Earlier this year Mr Pankhurst had one of his works acquired by the Bega Valley Shire Council following an event featuring one of his sculptures.

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