Brinsbury blacksmiths forge their way to success

August 23, 2017

The work of Brinsbury blacksmith students has been celebrated with a trio of awards at the recent New Forest Show.

Vlad Navratil and Tilly Mitchell both won first prizes in the ‘Artistic Sculpture’ and ‘Industrial’ classes respectively.

Both Vlad and Tilly were students at Brinsbury recently, where they produced their stunning pieces of ironwork.

As well as winning first place in his class, Vlad’s Viking longship was also Best in Show for blacksmithing.

And Tilly also came third in the Best Newcomer Class.

Lecturer Graham Moss exhibited the items for the students at the show. He said: “We always have a great display of our students’ work, but this year we had a really strong show.

“Both Vlad and Tilly worked hard to produce their items, and the feedback we got was brilliant – and then to have them both come first in their categories is very impressive.

“They did a fantastic job and I’m looking forward to being able to present them with their certificates later this year.”

Brinsbury, part of the Chichester College Group, is one of only a handful of colleges in the country to run courses in blacksmithing and farriery.

The forge is currently undergoing a complete re-fit, updating the equipment to ensure students are trained using the latest industry technology.

Julie Kapsalis, Managing Director (Commercial) for Chichester College Group, said: “It is crucial for us to continue investing in our facilities, making sure our students are learning in modern environments that will equip them with the right skills they will need for their future careers.

“We are extremely proud to offer blacksmithing and farriery courses at Brinsbury – it is a vital skill, and we know there is a huge demand for these skills.

“Our students in this area are fantastically talented – as we have seen with Vlad’s beautiful longship. I’m very proud of their achievements.”