Please see below for a selection of Functional Ironworks handmade by Nigel Wills, in Cornwall.
This bracket is now one of a pair, used at the Blacksmiths Cottage in Mawnan Smith. The first bracket was made by one of the original blacksmiths to work from the Mawnan Smith Smithy, Dryden James, who was a famous resident of the village. The Smithy owes a lot to the inventive and entrepreneurial nature of this charismatic man. He ran the smithy for years up until his death in the 1980s. He had made the original bracket for himself, to use in his cottage garden next to The Smithy. His son, Steven Drew wanted a second bracket made as a faithful copy of his father’s original design to complete the pair. Nigel used the original bracket as a pattern and made this new bracket for Steven to use, in the blacksmiths cottage where he now lives next to the forge. Closing the circle between father and son.
The bell featured here is a simple design of bell which just needed repair to its clacker and the design and manufacture of a new hanging bracket. The second bell, is much larger version with a far more ornate bracket that needed extensive repair and refurbishment.
Designed as small stocking filler type of Christmas gift, Nigel made several of these openers this year. By far the best part of the manufacturing process is test running the efficiency on actual bottles of beer. They can be initialed or simply left blank. They retail at £15 plain, £20 personalised.