DAVID Cooper is forging ahead in his blacksmith’s career and has been awarded a prestigious silver medal from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.
It means that David, who has worked from his unit in Pinfold Lane since 1998, can now use the title Eminent Master Blacksmith.
His achievement is all the more remarkable because he earned it within three years of winning his bronze medal.
The silver medal is about as high as you can be awarded from the company for a working blacksmith.
The next stage, the gold medal, has only ever been awarded five times and this is often after the blacksmith has passed away.
David, 40, of St Alban Road, is delighted with his achievement and said: “This has come much faster than I ever anticipated.
“I expected to be waiting 10 years after my bronze. A large portfolio of traditional work is required for the silver medal.
“It was recommended that we apply for the medal by local blacksmith Don Barker from York, after seeing some of my recent commissions on my company website.
“My work had to go through a stage of inspection by other silver medal holders and it was very kindly awarded.”
David works on a wide variety of items, from railings to bespoke garden structures, but his speciality is gates and he receives orders from all over the country.
He said: “It is sometimes a shame that the public of Bridlington do not get to see most of the work that this medal has been awarded for.
“These commissions come from far and wide. I have undertaken work from Anglesey down to the south coast, and just recently designed a sign bracket for a wine dealer in Paris.
“Traditional forge-work can be very costly, but the internet is a fantastic tool for clients in other geographical areas to see the quality of your work.”
David’s current work includes various gate commissions, some local work, and he is in the early stages of the restoration of the cast iron gates at Sewerby Hall.
To earn a silver medal, smiths have to show ‘flair and imagination as well as technical excellence’ among other tough criteria.
David will travel down to London in October with his wife and two children to enjoy a Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths luncheon, where he will be presented with his silver medal.