2012 - Volume #36, Issue #4, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Life-Size Horseshoe Sculptures
His first horse creation, the size of a Shetland pony, was done in 2005. Since then, he has created a 10-ft. tall rearing stallion, a winged Pegasus, and two different racing horses, including one with a life-size rider. All of them were made exclusively from horseshoes.
Hill has also produced pigs, dogs, fox, hedgehogs, squirrels and a muntjac. And large animals like an elk, elephant, bactrian camel, lioness and a cheetah.
Hill creates his sculptures from new and recycled horseshoes. He gets them from farriers, farmers and local horse owners. Each shoe is carefully cleaned, straightened and molded to its desired shape for the artistic creation. The shoes are welded together, and then the object is dipped and polished to create a smooth sheen. Some sculptures are painted or powder-coated.
Each subject is carefully crafted to a life-like size and shape, including legs, neck, head and eyes.
Because each of Hillís sculptures are individually created no two are exactly alike. Hill uses a gas forge, an anvil and a hammer as well as various welding techniques to heat and shape the horseshoes that create his sculptures.
In May 2006, some of Hillís creations were exhibited at the Living Crafts Display at Hatfield House, a 400-year-old mansion located in Hertfordshire. Itís listed as one of the 10 most famous palaces, homes and castles in England. From that exhibition Hill received orders for several of his sculptures. They were also featured on the BBC.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tom Hill, Tewin Hill Farm, Tewin Hertfordshire, England AL6 0LL (ph 01438 717336; www.tomhillsculpture.co.uk).
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