Rowan Taylor, Blacksmith.

Tre-Newydd, United Kingdom · 441 Sales


Rowan Taylor, Blacksmith.

Tre-Newydd, United Kingdom 441 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner Due to personal circumstances, the shop will remain closed until March/April.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jan 12, 2017

Due to personal circumstances, the shop will remain closed until March/April.

Rowan Taylor

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Rowan Taylor


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

AlanHolowaychuk on Jan 27, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

They look great, couldn't be happier!


smarlie on Jan 2, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely delighted. Thank you so much :-)


Karen on Dec 30, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Just what we were looking for.

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Forging ahead.

I opened my Etsy shop on the 17th of September 2011 as a means to support myself after having to leave my regular job in order to train at the National School of Blacksmithing. This was a very hard decision to make and in the end it was made for me when my employers tried to put a stop to my plans for my own future.

I trained at the National School of Blacksmithing in Hereford. Because I had been blacksmithing as a hobby for three years beforehand, I was placed straight through to the second year of the training programme. After my first year there, I won a prize for "Most improved Student", collecting nine straight Distinctions out of the nine possible.

The following year I collected twelve distinctions out of twelve possible as well as getting a prize for "Best Student" from the College, "Best Blacksmith" frorm the Blacksmith school, a "Young Entrepreneur Award" off the FSB for having opened and run my etsy shop while training and having taken the "Stanley Allcard Cup" for the year, which is given by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths - my proudest moment.

Metal itself is my inspiration. I can take the ugliest piece of rusty old iron or purchase the finest steel bar, heat them in the fire and turn them into quite literally ANYTHING. This is the beauty of blacksmithing and one of the many reasons I love my craft so much!

A lot of my ideas come from the natural world: Animals, leaves, plants. I’ll look at images of my subjects and break-down their basic geometry in order to create them with just a hammer and chisel, though I don't consider myself as an artist as art has no function other than to be art. I consider myself a craftsman who creates everyday objects as nicely as he can.

But my main passion is reverse-engineering historical ironwork, from arrowheads to rushlight holders, figuring out how they were created in order to remake them. Eventually I want to reproduce items for museums.

So far, I have sold as far out as the States, Canada, Israel Australia, China Hong-Kong to name but a few!

It has taken a lot of effort, time, tears, blood and sweat in order to reach the stage at which I'm at. Where will I go now? well wherever you guys will lead me, of course!



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Shop policies

Last updated on October 15, 2013
Welcome to my shop. My Smithy is based in Ellesmere, Shropshire, and I create hand forged items either from my imagination, as commissions or as historical recreations.

It is my aim to create quality hand-forged items and to preserve the traditional craft of blacksmithing.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment should be made through paypal as a preferred method, both for protection and ease of use.

Commissions are payment on completion, and I trust the buyers to go through with their promise!
Items will be shipped as soon as possible, usually within a couple of working days.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you need a custom item making, please feel free to get in touch with your needs, whether they be small or large items such as gates or railings. I am contactable on my facebook page or via my email address, which is rowan_o_c [!at]