"TO JOEL IT [BLACKSMITHING] IS EVERYTHING, IT'S ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING"

- MONTY DON, MONTY DON'S REAL CRAFTS 2014

 

I LOVE MY JOB BUT THE ROUTE I CAME TO IT WASN'T IDEAL. IN 2005 WHILST STUDYING MEDIA PRODUCTION AT UNIVERSITY MY LIFE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN WHEN I GOT FOOD POISONING. IT LED TO ME DEVELOPING CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME AND PERPETUAL NAUSEA, ALL MY LIFE PLANS WENT OUT THE WINDOW.

 

I TROD WATER FOR YEARS IN A BORING RETAIL JOB WAITING TO GET BETTER AS I WENT FROM DOCTOR TO DOCTOR LOOKING FOR A CURE. WITH ONLY SLIGHT IMPROVEMENTS I REALIZED I HAD TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MYSELF...SO IN 2012 TAUGHT MYSELF HOW TO FORGE IRON.

 

LUCKILY MY NATURAL TALENT WAS SPOTTED IN 2013 AND I WAS SCOUTED TO TAKE PART IN THE MONTY DON'S REAL CRAFTS TV SERIES WHICH AIRED IN THE SPRING OF 2014. THIS CAN BE FOUND ON THE MORE4 WEBSITE.

 

FOR ME BLACKSMTHING ISN'T JUST BENDING METAL, IT'S MY HOLISTIC CURE, A SOURCE OF PRIDE AND SOME DIRECTION TO MY LIFE.

A SHORT FILM OF ME AT WORK. PRESS PLAY TO WATCH.

© 2017 Joel Tarr

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