Caimbeul's Forge is run and owned by Artist Blacksmith Doug Campbell AWCB and produces a wide range of contemporary and traditionally made hand forged steel work. With the forge being located in Bushey, Hertfordshire, Doug mainly designs and produces both large & small pieces to commission for private clients. He also displays a variety of his work in galleries across the country. In addition to this, he maintains his position as "the local blacksmith" and does repair and restoration work on existing metalwork.
Named after the Gaelic version of his surname, Caimbeul's Forge was set up by Doug in 2012 after he completed his study of Blacksmithing & Metal Work at Warwickshire College where, whilst studying under Master Blacksmith Michelle Parker FWCB (Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths), he obtained his BTEC Level 3 Diploma with a double distinction. He was also awarded a Certificate of Competency from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths. After college, Doug was fortunate to work under the wing of Master Blacksmith Steve Rook FWCB where he continued to develop his skills. Doug was further awarded a Certificate of Merit from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths in 2014 after demonstrating his progress as a working blacksmith. In May 2016 Doug was awarded the Diploma of Merit, becoming an Associate of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths (AWCB). He was formally presented with his Diploma in October 2016.
There are many things that influence and inspire Doug in his designs and forge works. Much of his inspiration is drawn from traditional tribal artwork and artifacts, particularly those of the cultures and artistry of the tribes of Borneo, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. He is particularly interested in transforming the traditional patterns and designs from tribal clothing, ornamentation, long houses and weaponry into contemporary sculptural pieces of functional art. Alongside the inclusion of indigenous people's art he is also influenced by the organic shapes to be found in bio-mechanical art and the sculptural forms and functions of the Art Nouveau period, especially those of the revolutionary artist René Lalique. He finds the fluid organic designs of this period to be visually powerful and yet very simple.
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