A small group led by David P Howard went to Chedham's Yard in Wellesbourne for a photo session with a blacksmith at his forge, and a wood turner at his lathe. A complete gallery of images can be seen here.
The day was cold and frosty, but we received a very warm welcome from the staff of volunteers, who kept us plied with hot beverages and slices of cake, and lit the wood burner stove in the resource room so we could have the occasional warm.
© Michael Robertson-Smith
The blacksmith did an excellent job of providing masses of sparks for us to photograph, and shutter timings of around 1/8 or 1/10 of a second seemed to work best to capture the showers of bright sparks.
© David P Howard
The wood turner cut a few lengths of wood for us but the photos were not as dramatic as those of the blacksmith.
Thanks to the hard working volunteers at Chedham's Yard for an interesting morning and a unique set of photographic challenges for us to tackle. All in attendance agreed that it was great fun and well worth braving the cold for.