Renowned blacksmith exhibits work at TOSH in leyburn

Blacksmiths Ton Savage and Brian Russell.

By Pip Land

A world renowned blacksmith, Brian Russell, will be giving a demonstration of his work at The Old School House (TOSH) in Leyburn from 11am to 4pm on Monday, May 1.

There is an exhibition at the Studio at TOSH until May 8 of the brilliant wrought ironwork that he, his son Ivan, and Tom Savage have created at the Little Newsham Forge in Teesdale.

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Brian especially enjoys the artistic side of his work creating many new designs as can be seen from the photographs which are also on display.

The exhibition includes some amazing examples of the work produced at the forge including the gates with which Brian won the wrought ironwork competitions at the Yorkshire Show in 2015 and 2016.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a fascinating garden sculpture which Brian designed.

In the Café at TOSH there is an exhibition of photography by Clive Herdman until April 27.

He is a retired GP who now does voluntary work in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  The inspiration for many of his photographs comes from the National Park such as his Winter in Wensleydale and his excellent study of Swaledale sheep.

TOSH is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.

Refreshments are available in the café when there are films being shown.