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Chris Brammall (Left), with students and lecturers from The Lakes School, Troutbeck
Chris Brammall (Left), with students and lecturers from The Lakes School, Troutbeck

[S]tudents from The Lakes School, Troutbeck have recently enjoyed a behind the scenes visit to one of the UK’s leading architectural metalworkers.

A group of nineteen Year 9 and 6th form students were given the rare opportunity to visit the studio and workshop of Ulverston’s award-winning architectural metalworker Chris Brammall as part of their design studies.

Chris Brammall addresses students from The Lakes School, Troutbeck
Chris Brammall addresses students from The Lakes School, Troutbeck

The group enjoyed a talk by artist and designer Chris, who spoke about his career path as a trained blacksmith and the inspirations behind his designs and work.  They were also able to take a tour of the workshop to view current projects including a 30metre swan sculpture weighing three quarters of a ton, which is destined for a client in London.

Isaac Hodgson, a Year 9 student at The Lakes School comments; “It was great to see the design process from a small sketchbook, to computer designs and then the finished sculptures. I particularly enjoyed seeing the construction of the artwork in the blacksmith’s forge and the variety of traditional techniques used to create modern pieces of art.”

L-R: Chris Brammall with Isaac Hodgson (Y9), Lewis Jones (6th Form), Sindy Filipusko (Y9) students from The Lakes School, Troutbeck
L-R: Chris Brammall with Isaac Hodgson (Y9), Lewis Jones (6th Form), Sindy Filipusko (Y9) students from The Lakes School, Troutbeck

Chris Brammall comments “I have a strong connection with The Lakes School as a former pupil and also as my daughter Wren is currently studying at the school for her A-levels.  The next generation of artists and designers need inspiring just as I did when I was a student and it gives me great pleasure to give them a glimpse into my world as a Blacksmith and architectural metalworker.  I realise how lucky I am to have been able to make a career by doing something I love and I hope the visit gave the students the confidence to know that is something they to could achieve.”

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