At the age of 15 Will began a blacksmithing apprenticeship at industrial blacksmith’s Forgemasters Australia in Kurri Kurri NSW. Four years later he was qualified with a dual trade, blacksmith and boilermaker. Following this Will embarked in extensive journeyman travels overseas working with some of the most accomplished and creative blacksmiths in the United Kingdom, Europe, Russia, Ukraine, USA and Japan. During these travels he worked on large Architectural commissions, heritage restoration and contemporary sculpture as well participating in many international blacksmithing events.
In 2009 Will set up his own workshop in the Hunter Valley NSW where he designs and makes bespoke items and collaborates with other artists and designers to produce individual works of art.
He continues to learn and expand his practice. Most recently he completed a Bachelor of Arts (philosophy) with distinction from the University of Newcastle. Also, undertaking study in botanical illustration and design, and artist residencies In Australia and the USA. A few years ago Will was invited as a Master Blacksmith to design and lead the making of part of large collaborative WW1 Peace Monument in Ypres Belgium.
Will’s work is exhibited through Australia and internationally and he has completed many significant public art projects throughout NSW and the ACT.
Will is always keen to push the boundaries of what he does, so please get in touch with your project ideas.
Image by Perry Duffin.