KatherineWomackUK

Metal hares and things from Norfolk

Bunwell, England | 61 Sales

KatherineWomackUK

Metal hares and things from Norfolk

Bunwell, England 61 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars (16)
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To say a massive thank you for reaching 100 likes on Facebook and 100 followers on Instagram I'm offering £5 off Leaping, Running and Boxing hares.
Head over to https://www.katherinewomack.co.uk/ to use the code.

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About

A lifelong love of tinkering and making.

I'd always wanted to work with metal. As a child I'd drag my parents to see the blacksmiths at the local country show, and when I got home I would put the poker in the fire and try to get it red! I was fascinated.

I spent years working in all sorts of random jobs, from dressing up as a tiger at the local zoo to cleaning toilets to running a boarding cattery. While working at a friend's pub I decided I'd had enough of late nights and rowdy customers (getting home at 6am on a Sunday covered in beer), so I quit and went back to cleaning and washing up in factories. I tried to save up for a weekend blacksmithing course but just couldn't afford it. Then my mum said 'why don't you speak to David Butler? he used to work with your uncle and he's a blacksmith now'.
She took me to meet him, and the following weekend I went back for my first lesson. After three or four goes at metal-bashing, he asked me to make a few curtain pole finials for him - and when he couldn't tell his from mine, he offered me a job.
I spent almost 18 months working for him, making everything from light fittings to huge gates.

A friend introduced me to the plasma cut work of Cal Lane, gave me an oil drum, and said 'give it a go!'. We had a Hypertherm plasma cutter in the workshop but it was always used at full-tilt. So I turned the power down and started playing. I was in love!
When I set up my own workshop my first purchase was a cheap plasma cutter.
I started designing and cutting my hares as presents for friends; there was a little drove of them outside my workshop going rusty in the grass (a 'drove' is the collective term for hares. You learn something new every day!).

As I,ve got busier I've had to change some of my processes - sitting outside just wasn't getting them rusty fast enough so they now they all get a little soak in an acid solution to speed up the rusting. when I got to the point i physically couldn't keep up I started to get some pieces laser cut. Being so determined to be involved in as much of the process as possible I taught myself to use CAD software so i could do my own computer drawings!

I sell my hares at craft fairs, through my website, and in a few shops across Norfolk.

I try to produce as little scrap as possible and use up whatever bits I can for my next project.

I wouldn't really call myself a blacksmith anymore. I still do a little bit of forged work, but I mainly work with sheet steel and my plasma cutter these days. I'm not really an artist either. I guess I'm a 'Designer-Maker'. I like to make all sorts of different things, coming from an artisan family with both parents self-employed I couldn't imagine working for anyone else or doing anything different now.

If you got this far, congratulations and thank you for taking the time to read my story!

Katherine :)

Production partners

  • Optima Stainless

    Kings Lynn, England

    Optima are a local steel supplier and laser cutting specialist. They cut my items as 'blanks', and I do everything else. This saves me two days a week, and will allow me to add more products to my range in the near future :)

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Last updated on 04 Oct, 2017
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The shipping costs of the Leaping, Running, and Boxing Hares are unavoidably high for overseas buyers due to the awkward shapes of the packages. I'm at the mercy of Royal Mail!

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Katherine Womack
30 Bunwell Street, Bunwell
NORWICH, Norfolk NR16 1NA
United Kingdom