Wayne got his first live Blacksmith demonstration on Marple Rec under his belt with no fuss and no drama in April 2023. The feedback he received on the day was all very positive and he hopes to turn this into a regular event, giving demonstrations himself and with other guest artists and blacksmiths.
Open Gardens in Marple organisers saw a great opportunity for Wayne to support their event over the two days and his Blacksmith Demonstrations will be sited near to the old Toilet Block on the Recreation Ground.
Although they may not realise it, most local people will know Wayne's work. He has collaborated with The Marple Website and Friends of Marple Memorial Park for many years and is responsible for creating the Coronation Bench in Marple Memorial Park (2005), the Nativity Sculptures installed on Market Street at Christmas (since 2006), Lock 17 on Oldknow Gardens (2007), the Diamond Jubilee Flowerbed in front of Marple Library (2011) and refurbishment of the Iron Bridge Viewing Platform in Brabyns Park (2021).
Marple Rec, Oldknow Road, SK6 7BX