Andy Rowe’s Forge, Caerllegan Fach, Carmarthen, Wales

11 & 12 January 2016

Two schools in Carmarthen, Wales showed an interest in being involved in the YPRES 2016 project and contacted Andy Rowe of DAR Design, their local artist blacksmith, to see if something could be organised. He proposed a children’s poppy forging event at his forge, the children being brought to the forge in the school mini bus. The tooling was taken and set up and the children were organised to forge individually or in pairs. The event ran very smoothly and the children really enjoyed the hands-on experience that resulted in some very good poppies being made.

Left: Working in pairs and taking turns.    Right: My turn!

Left: Working in pairs and taking turns. Right: My turn!

Left: Welsh Teamwork.    Right: Proud Poppy Makers.

Left: Welsh Teamwork. Right: Proud Poppy Makers.

Left: Initial petal texturing.    Right: Final petal texturing.

Left: Initial petal texturing. Right: Final petal texturing.

Left: A happy and proud poppy maker.    Right: Petal texturing.

Left: A happy and proud poppy maker. Right: Petal texturing.

Left: A happy poppy making team.    Right: Petal texturing.

Left: A happy poppy making team. Right: Petal texturing.

left: Petal texturing.    Right: The Welsh children's poppies.

Left: Petal texturing. Right: The Welsh children’s poppies.