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Countryfile's Anita Rani visits Malham Smithy female Artist Blacksmith, Annabelle Bradley.

New Years Day 2017

Countryfile Female Blacksmith Annabelle Bradley from the Malham Smithy
Annabelle Bradley at the Malham Smithy with Anita Rani

"This week on Countryfile Anita Rani travels to one of her favourite places in the British countryside, Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales.

It's a precious landscape that she's visited since growing up as a child in nearby Bradford. She learns more about this unique landscape and how it was formed thousands of years ago. She meets an artist, Katharine Holmes, whose passion, like her mother's and grandmother's before, is painting nearby Gordale Scar. She meets Anita in the pouring rain to show her her latest work. In the village of Malham, Anita catches up with the latest incumbent of the local smithy. Annabelle Bradley used to be a tax accountant, but when the smithy came up for lease she changed career and her life took a completely different direction. Anita has been to Malham Cove many times, but she's never climbed the walls of this famous limestone amphitheatre - until now. After a quick lesson she tackles one of the biggest challenges she's ever faced on the programme."

 http://www.countryfile.com/article/anita-ranis-countryside-compilation-week-countryfile

Malham Smithy Blacksmith, Annabelle Bradley, Features on ITV's 'Best Walks with a View' with Julia Bradbury

Blacksmith Annabelle Bradley, Malham Blacksmith, featured on ITV with Julia Bradbury
Annabelle Bradley at the Malham Smithy with Julia Bradbury

Rams Head bottle openers and Malham Smithy hearts have been in 'hot' demand after featuring on ITV's 'Best Walks With a View' with Julia Bradbury in April 2016.
The television crew visited Annabelle Bradley at work in the Malham Smithy forging a rams head bottle opener for Julia Bradbury to take away on her walk around Malhamdale.

The Malham Smithy blacksmith has featured in the press and television frequently over the past few years, with Annabelle teaching the basics of forgework to Alex Jones on the One Show and forging chandeliers on The Dales programme with Adrian Edmondson. Annabelle has recently had an exhibition in the Yorkshire Dales National Park Centre in Malham, which featured photographs of Annabelle at work on the anvil by Photographer Shaun Richardson. The exhibition photographs are available to view in the Malham Smithy gallery.

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Agricultural Shows

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Annabelle Bradley at the Malham Smithy with Alex Jones at the Great Yorkshire Show

Annabelle Bradley from the Malham Smithy can be seen demonstrating the craft of Blacksmithing at various shows during the summer.

2016 Dates:
Great Yorkshire Show - July

Sykehouse Show - Sunday 7th August

Malham Show - Saturday 27th August

Penistone Show - Saturday 10th September

Great Yorkshire Show 2016

Blacksmithing taster sessions at the Great Yorkshire Show
Have a go at Blacksmithing at the Great Yorkshire Show

Annabelle Bradley takes on the role of Chief Steward for the Wrought Ironwork Stand at the Great Yorkshire Show with support from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.

The 2016 show will built on the success of last year and the three days were packed full of events, not least in the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths marquee. There was an exhibition of traditional and contemporary blacksmithing from a variety of smiths, plus demonstrations in the craft taking place throughout the show.
Each day there was an opportunity to 'have a go' at blacksmithing during our daily taster courses at the show. Details of advance bookings to take part in the courses for 2017 can be made on the mobile site m.blacksmithcourse.co.uk .
If you would like to enter work into the exhibition, we welcome entries from both professional smiths as well as budding amateur blacksmiths. Please get in touch to find out more.

We are also looking for professional blacksmiths to come and spend time demonstrating on the forge with our resident team. For further details please visit our mobile site m.blacksmithcourse.co.uk for further information.

Malham Show
Saturday - August Bank Holiday Weekend

Malham Show is held annually in the heart of beautiful Malhamdale in the Yorkshire Dales on August Bank Holiday Saturday. Under the shadow of Malham Cove this traditional agricultural and family country show has been taking place for over 100 years.

Look out on the Show Field for Blacksmith Annabelle Bradley from Malham Smithy demonstrating to the public.

Penistone Show, Saturday 12th September 2015
Malham Smithy has been demonstrating blacksmithing at the the Penistone since 2012. Show goers are welcomed again this year to try their hand at blacksmithing under the guidance of Artist Blacksmith Annabelle Bradley. Look out for us on the show field near the rural crafts tent.

Sykehouse Show, 2nd August 2015
A fantastic day in the sunshine, the 135th Sykehouse Show was a really well organised and attended event where Annabelle Bradley provided blacksmithing demonstrations and tuition to visiting adults and children alike.

Friends of Fryston Woods Community Event, July 2015
Annabelle Bradley provided blacksmithing tuition to children at the Ferry Fryston Iron Age event.
Children forged a wide variety of key charms, hearts and door hooks to keep those bedrooms tidy!

Great Yorkshire Show 2015

New to the Show for 2015 - Blacksmithing Taster Sessions

Suitable for beginners with no previous experience, the sessions focused on learning the key basic techniques that are the foundation to all blacksmiths forge work, from a simple hook to an elaborate sculpture.  
After a simple demonstration students got straight into having a go at forging with a hammer and anvil. Participants were guided to safely use the hand tools and incorporate design elements into practical forge work.  The one hour taster sessions were in groups of four to eight and participants were able to take away their very own piece of handcrafted forge work.

North Yorkshire Open Studios 2014

The North Yorkshire Open Studios is a free event that combines culture, breathtaking views and a chance to hone your navigation skills.

Malham Smithy Open StudioEach year, artists and makers across the whole of North Yorkshire invite the public into a host of intriguing spaces. From hidden locations on the North Yorkshire Moors and harbourside huts in Whitby and Scarborough to suburban living rooms in Harrogate and beautiful back gardens in the remote Yorkshire Dales.


With original works on show ranging from cutting edge craft and design to contemporary sculpture, paintings and ceramics, there will be something to inspire everybody. This annual event provides a great opportunity to buy or commission works for you, your home or your garden, as well as to discover the rich seam of culture that runs through North Yorkshire's breathtaking landscape.


Visit www.nyos.org.uk for further details

Wrought iron candle platter by Annabelle Bradley


Christmas is on its way!!
The
Contemporary Craven Christmas
exhibition showcasing contemporary artists from Craven, featuring work from Artist Blacksmith Annabelle Bradley, started in October and runs through to 21st December 2013 at the Craven Museum and Gallery, Town Hall, High Street, Skipton, BD23 1AH.

Open every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Call in to find that special Christmas present!

 
Penistone Show
September 2013
Annabelle Bradley once again provided blacksmithing demonstrations at the Penistone Show, happily aided on the bellows by visitors, smithy volunteers and adjacent demonstrators! Show goers were welcomed to try their hand at blacksmithing under the guidance of Artist Blacksmith Annabelle Bradley.
2014-04-28Blacksmiths forge Malham Smithy

The Contemporary Craven Christmas exhibition featuring Annabelle Bradley from 17th October 2012 to December at the Craven Museum and Gallery


Penistone Show
September 2012
With a welcome break in the weather, the Penistone Show was bathed in sunshine in what seemed to be the hottest day of the year, perhaps exaggerated by Annabelle spending the day at the show demonstrating forge work by a roaring fire in the baking heat! No complaints about the sunshine from the Malham Smithy, that could be the last we see of it for this year, now back to bailing out water from the Smithy!!

Disappointment as the 2012 Great Yorkshire Show is cancelled after day one!

Visitors that managed to get to the show on Tuesday, despite the mud and downpours, were the lucky ones to avoid the disappointment of it being cancelled at the end of the first day. As sad as we all felt to be leaving the show early, after loading the forges and exhibits into our vans and being pushed off the field by a team of burly blacksmiths, we were perhaps grateful that we hadn't been there for another two days worth of churned up mud. Had we stayed any longer, we may have had to camp out until the weather improved and the field dried. Based on the summer so far, we could have been waiting until September!

Fortunately the judging was carried out on Tuesday morning by Don Barker FWCB, Master Blacksmith and Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths. Malham Smithy's Rams Head Companion set on a twisted horn stand won a third prize, and Malham Smithy's work experience student won a Special Prize Rosette awarded at the judge's discretion for her presentation. More details of the work experience project to follow.

We look forward to next year's show, keeping fingers crossed for a dry July 2013!

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Rapha Tempest Festival celebrating the Tour de France
Featuring Up Cycle, Down Dale art installation by Annabelle Bradley from the Malham Smithy at Broughton Hall Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th July
Annabelle created the concept of the landscape sculpture constructed entirely of recycled bicycle parts. Visitors to the festival were invited to add elements to the installation under the guidance of Annabelle over two days. Children let their imagination run wild creating a new breed of livestock for the Dales and the men threw on tyres!
 The contemporary sculpture was constructed of recycled materials and bicycle parts, capturing the spirit of the Tour de France set in the Yorkshire Dales.

Up Cycle, Down Dale art installation by Annabelle Bradley from the Malham Smithy

     



Broughton Hall
Edwardian Fete
for the Carers Resource
August 2012
Annabelle Bradley was invited to demonstrate blacksmithing at the Edwardian Fete where the Yorkshire Times and two young journalists made their debut television interview with Annabelle. Watch the clip online


The Great Yorkshire Show
July 10, 11, 12th 2012

The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths sponsor the Great Yorkshire Show and provide blacksmithing demonstrations to visitors to the show ground. In 2011 Annabelle Bradley joined the team of blacksmiths, exhibiting work and demonstrating then became a Steward in 2012.
Visitors are welcome to come and try their hand at the forge making souvenir items to take away under the guidance of a resident blacksmith.

GYS Blacksmith Experience


Skipton Sheep Day
Sunday 1st July 2012
10am to 4pm
Annabelle Bradley demonstrated traditional blacksmithing as part of the Sheep Day events on Skipton High Street.For further details visit the Sheep Day events page.








Malham Safari

Spring bank holiday starting on Saturday 2nd June, daily until 7th June 2012

A great day out for the whole family. The Malham Jubilee Safari will be happening all around Malham and you are invited to come and join in the fun.

Kirkby Lonsdale Edwardian Weekend
Saturday 6th & 7th September 2014
On the beautiful setting of the Market Square, Annabelle Bradley provided blacksmithing demonstrations for the show over the two days. With the sun shining and plenty of eager volunteers to come and try their hand at the craft, it was a great weekend spent in a lovely town. A great chance to test out the new Malham Smithy Marquee and signs!!
Malham Smithy Blacksmiths show demonstration

Nissan Wild West Family Fun Day

Sunday 24th August 2014

A fantastic event provided for the Nissan staff, with cowboy and cowgirl entertainment, whipcracking, horseriding, lassooing, bucking bronchos and not forgetting blacksmithing! Annabelle spent the day teaching visitors traditional blacksmithing skills to very enthusiastic visitors, queues were still formed to 'have a go' when the show closed, but the bellows kept pumping to the very end to make sure everyone got their chance!



  Blacksmith demonstration by Annabelle Bradley
Penistone Show
September
Annabelle Bradley provides blacksmithing demonstrations at the Penistone Show, happily aided on the bellows by visitors, smithy volunteers and adjacent demonstrators! Show goers were welcomed to try their hand at blacksmithing under the guidance of Artist Blacksmith Annabelle Bradley.


North Yorkshire Open Studios featuring Annabelle Bradley at the Malham Smithy

North Yorkshire Open Studios
2012

2013
A free annual event that combines culture, breathtaking views and a chance to hone your navigation skills.
Artists and makers across the whole of North Yorkshire will invite the public into a host of intriguing spaces. From hidden locations on the North Yorkshire Moors and harbourside huts in Whitby and Scarborough to suburban living rooms in Harrogate and beautiful back gardens in the remote Yorkshire Dales.
Featuring Artist Blacksmith Annabelle Bradley from the Malham Smithy
Visit www.nyos.org.uk for further details.

North Yorkshire
Open Studios
NYOS11
Featuring Artist Blacksmith Annabelle Bradley from the Malham Smithy
Visit www.nyos.org.uk for further details.

ITV1's The Dales,
2011 series featured Malham Blacksmith, Annabelle Bradley.

Malham Smithy Television Premiere!

The summer months of 2011 have seen the Malham Smithy put into the limelight as Blacksmith Annabelle Bradley has been followed at work by a documentary film crew.

Following the success of ‘The Lakes', presented by Rory McGrath and broadcast in 2010, ITV1 commissioned Shiver Productions to make two prime-time series for summer 2011 celebrating life in the North of England.
The Lakes will returned for a second series, whilst it's new companion series ‘The Dales', fronted by Adrian Edmondson, focused on life in one of the North of England's most picturesque areas as experienced
through the eyes of people who live and work there.

‘The Dales' has followed the lives of a number of characters in the Yorkshire Dales this Summer, one being Malham resident and village blacksmith Annabelle Bradley.

The production team followed Annabelle through the trials of completing a project of making three large scale bespoke chandeliers for local hostelry, The Buck Inn at Malham.
Not without complications, the project was completed and all three were installed in the public lounge bar and snug, filmed by crew Yvette Lyons and Kate Walker from Shiver Productions.

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