KatherineWomackUK

Hand plasma cut metal hares and things from Norfolk

Sculthorpe, England On Etsy since 2014

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KatherineWomackUK

Hand plasma cut metal hares and things from Norfolk

Sculthorpe, England | 149 Sales

Announcement    Due to the ridiculous amount of fees Etsy take, I am forced to put my prices up ON ETSY. But you can always pop over to https://www.katherinewomack.co.uk for the same items at my regular prices.

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Last updated on 18 May, 2020

Due to the ridiculous amount of fees Etsy take, I am forced to put my prices up ON ETSY. But you can always pop over to https://www.katherinewomack.co.uk for the same items at my regular prices.

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Just a little update -
I’ve put all my prices up to cover Etsy fees, pop over to https://www.katherinewomack to buy everything at the previous prices. And there’s a few things there that aren’t on Etsy blush
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About KatherineWomackUK

Sales 149
On Etsy since 2014

A lifelong love of tinkering and making.

All my items are available cheaper here: https://www.katherinewomack.co.uk

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. I got to the point I physically couldn't make enough hares to keep up with demand, so I taught myself to use CAD software, did my drawings, and started getting everything cut as blanks.
I used a large laser cutting firm for several years, but somehow my drawings leaked from their system and someone local started reproducing my blanks and selling them at car boots and to a craft shop! Needless to say I don't use that firm anymore, and everything is completely hand cut again, apart from the squirrels which are just a little too fiddly to cut out by hand (the decoration is hand cut).

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 :)

https://www.katherinewomack.co.uk for all my items £5 - £10 cheaper!

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  • DC Developments

    Ashwellthorpe, England

    DC Developments are a laser cutting firm, who cut the blanks for my squirrels because they're too fiddly to hand cut.

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Last updated on 20 Jul, 2020
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