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Posted On: 4th Nov 2013

Blacksmiths Fix on ITV News

Fixer Nick
Fixers Nick and Tom hold a trial workshop
Delyth Done, Course Leader at Hereford College of Arts

A young blacksmith from Mid Wales wants to encourage other young people to turn their hand to local trades with the help of Fixers.

 

His story was shown on ITV News Cymru Wales on Thursday 7th November.

 

Nick Buchan (23) from Rhayader credits the craft with turning his life around.

 

‘In school I didn’t achieve anything. I didn’t have any expectations for myself,’ he says.

 

‘Then I found blacksmithing. That instilled a lot of confidence in me to go out and do something that I really enjoy.

 

‘I would like to give the opportunity and feeling of reward that I get from doing it to other people.’

 

In the broadcast film, Nick and fellow Fixer, Tom Robinson (21) ask a group of local youth to help them devise a workshop to get others excited by the blacksmithing trade.

 

Delyth Done, Course Leader in Artist Blacksmithing at Hereford College of Arts, also appears in the piece, supporting the Fixers' campaign.

 

‘There are lots of opportunities out there. There are apprenticeships, there are degree courses - there are all sorts of opportunities and young people really need to follow those through,' explains Delyth.

 

After Christmas, the Fixers are hoping to showcase work completed during their workshops at a local art gallery, before taking the display to different towns.

 

‘I don’t think there’s any feeling like it when you make something and sit back and think yeah – we did that and that’s good,’ says Nick.

 

‘I would like people to see the opportunity they’ve got to change their lives and their worlds by doing something they love.’

Author: Emily Tolloczko

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