Hereford Roadtrip and Blacksmithing

handsome blacksmith

A few weeks ago the boyf and I took a road trip to Hereford, the quaint little cathedral city in the rather rural countryside of Herefordshire. We spent a couple of days hanging out with my brother who is an artisan blacksmith. Together we spent hours and hours planning, brainstorming, writing and photographing all for the launch of my bro’s new business (and the website I’ve designed for him). It was rad.

sis and bro
because siblings are never too old to dress the same

It’s a lovely short drive over the Malvern Hills and through the darling countryside of middle England to reach Hereford. It was a glorious Spring day, perfect for a road trip.

We had filled the car with blankets and pillows in preparation for our sleepover at my brother’s place. Likewise, we filled our bellies with coffee and cereal in preparation for the journey ahead, which, as it turned out, was not really that far.

Hereford Cathedralcoffee and camera

Once we arrived in the city of Hereford we parked up and wandered into town in search of food and caffeine. We had a quick whistlestop tour around the main part of the city, including the stunning cathedral and cute cobble streets. Then it was time to get down to business.

Hereford is certainly growing since the lil bro first moved there. They have built a new ‘hub’ area with a few chain restaurants and there seems to be a nice mix of the high street staples alongside gorgeous indie shops filled with art and design loveliness.

The following day we drove out into the countryside to visit the bro’s forge and take some photos for the new website I’ve designed for him. Exciting!

sparks fly from hammer

He’s been doing this blacksmithing malarky for over 7 years now and this was the first time I actually got to see him at work. It was as impressive as you might imagine. He is dealing with insanely hot fires, powerful tools and a whole lot of sparkage from the metal. Yet, he handled it all so professionally; we even got a proper health and safety talk before we entered the forge.


Steamy Metalhand in the fire

As is generally the way these days, I have made a little vlog of our couple of days in Hereford. You might want to watch it here.

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All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed our time in Hereford and can’t wait to go back to visit again over the next few months for various shows and whatnot.