"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. THE SINK OR SWIM EXPERIENCE PROVED TO ME I CAN TACKLE JOBS OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES AND TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN MY ABILITIES.

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.

© 2020 Joel Tarr

joel@joeltarr.co.uk

Ashford, Kent, England

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