Life is hotting up for one former Lancashire student with a love of traditional craftsmanship.
Former Myerscough College pupil Eleanor Barden, 23, has landed a job as an apprentice blacksmith.
The 23-year-old has been employed as an by Chris Brammall Ltd – a bespoke architectural sculptural and metalworkers based in the Lake District since October last year and recently started a four year fabrication and welding apprenticeship studying part-time.
Over the last 11 months, the 23-year-old has worked under the watchful eye of the firm’s owner Chris creating specialist gallery pieces like candlesticks, wall sconces and fire irons.
All pieces are created using traditional blacksmithing techniques of hot steel forged by hand over an anvil.
Ellie previously started an apprenticeship in farriery but it had to be cut short when her boss became ill.
She said: “Traditional crafts are a real passion of mine so an apprenticeship in farriery proved a natural choice.
“Unfortunately things didn’t quite work out to plan but I was determined to pursue a trade which involved being in a forge and was lucky enough to join the team at Chris Brammall as apprentice blacksmith.
“The best thing about working for Chris Brammall is the diversity of the jobs which I am involved with.
“Each one is completely different and it helps keep things really interesting and exciting - especially when I get to work at the forge.
“I wanted to become a blacksmith becase of my love for horses, so it seemed obvious to head into metalwork and develop a career with them.”