The Tasmanians [Taig Simms]

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Fourth in The Tasmanians project is Taig Simms. Taig is an Industrial Blacksmith whose business Wellington Steelworks is based in a small workshop on the waterfront in Battery Point, Hobart. 
Taig hand makes a range of knives and hand tools, and he also takes on commissions for architectural details like balustrades, furniture, door handles and just about anything he and his clients can dream up.
Check out Taig’s insights on learning his craft, building his business and design and working with steel below.

 

N A M E
Taig Simms

M A K E S
Hand worked steel Architectural details, furniture, knives and handtools.

F I N D   T A I G   H E R E
Website and Instagram.

A B O U T   T H E   T A S M A N I A N S
The Tasmanians is a personal project I’m working on throughout 2016. It’s an opportunity to celebrate Tasmanians who work independently on innovative ideas. Each Tasmanian is featured in a series of chronologically captured behind-the-scenes images and an insightful interview.

See all of the Tasmanians in this project, here.

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A B O V E
Taig’s tools of the trade.

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I like drawing on knowledge and inspiration from every day interactions with people…

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…my work is a mixture of contemporary metal fabrication and time honoured forging techniques.

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T H A N K   Y O U
Thank you Taig, for allowing me into your workspace and teaching me about your intriguing process. It was an absolute pleasure to put together this, the fourth in The Tasmanian series.

Five insights from Taig…

1 :   T H E   B E G I N I N G
I have always been attracted to the scope of work that inherently comes with working steel,  I enjoy the diversity and exploration of both fabrication and forging methods.  I grew up in a farming district on the NW of Tasmania, I liked being surrounded by industry and innovation of different scales and knew early on that metal work was something I wanted to pursue.

3.5 years ago I started my business Wellington steelworks, and I also began studying a trade in industrial blacksmithing through Ultimo TAFE Sydney.  Wellington steelworks’ most common line of work is architectural metal work and product design eg. Knives and furniture.

 

2 :   I N S P I R A T I O N 
I’m committed and feel really passionately about always building on my business ethos with all the work that I do.  I’m inspired by my work colleagues and the constant technological and practical changes to the industry.  I like drawing on knowledge and inspiration from every day interactions with people, different trades and my surroundings – noticing how and learning why things are made the way they are.

 

3 :   P R O C E S S
My business model gives me the opportunity to use design methodologies in a trades based industry.  The construction of my work is a mixture of contemporary metal fabrication and time honoured forging techniques.

 

4:   B A L A N C E

Having a more sustainable balance between my personal and work life is a work in progress.  I love what I do and I live two minutes from the workshop – so sometimes it’s tricky to stay away. Often I’ll devote time to purely developing skills and I really enjoy more personal products such as my kitchen knives.  When I’m not at the workshop I like to spend time with my partner and friends, preferably somewhere out of Hobart – I like exploring the island… I’m also restoring a heritage timber boat at the moment – I love working with timber as well as metal!

 

5 :   W O R K S P A C E
My workshop is in the Battery Point boat yards, it has a strong dynamic of industry and people working.  The boat yard is old and vibrant – I feel lucky to work in such a great location.  Working by myself in the workshop has caused my surroundings to become quite personal.