Malcolm White, who is self-taught in the art of blacksmithing, has been awarded many prizes at the most prestigious agricultural shows in the country, including a Second in 2002 at the Royal Show in Warwickhshire with a Drinks Cabinet depicting kingfishers over a waterfall.
He was Reserve Champion of the Royal Show in 2003 with a Wizard which he designed and built, and outright Champion of the 2004 Royal Show, winning three categories; Industrial Ironwork with a boat anchor, the Traditional Architectural section with a garden screen of leafwork and copper frogs, and the Contemporary Gates section was won with this gate incorporating many traditional techniques. A wrought iron gate inlaid with copper, secured Reserve Champion of the 2005 Royal Show.
Following a long absence from competition caused by his wife's ill health, at the 2012 South of England Show, Malcolm won 'First' in Contemporary with his Wizard with a new Damascus sword, 'Second' in Live, Reserve Champion of Show. He followed that success with another "First" at the 2013 South of England show.
The Forge is situated in the 80 acre site of the Historic Dockyard Museum of Chatham Kent, http://www.chdt.org/ and is normally open to visitors during museum hours, although it is advisable to phone to confirm before visiting on 01634 853236.
Malcolm and his wife Anita welcome visitors to the Forge and encourage customers to come to see their work in progress.
After First's in two consecutive years at the South of England Show, the organiser, Mr Merv Allen FWCB decided it was high time for Malcolm to be inducted into the Worshipful Company. His Diploma of Merit will follow next year.
Malcolm was one of just eight chosen when HRH Prince Charles asked to meet representatives of creative craftsmen, during his visit to the Historic Dockyard on 2.8.13.
Photograph courtesy of Martin Apps & KM Group.