Owen made Robert the Bruce’s Battle Axe and a lot of the axes and spears in the battle scenes .
A video shot for Northern Ireland Tourism in association with Game of Thrones.
Introducing Northern Ireland’s own Valyrian Steel kitchen knives. Combining metal from a meteorite with obsidian (aka dragon glass) from a volcano, and forging them together in the hottest fires on Earth, a master craftsman has brought the mythical Game of Thrones steel to life in #NorthernIreland. #GOTterritory Ireland.com/GameofThroneshttp://bit.ly/1XGnjLm
Owen on BBC Four Handmade
Interview yesterday (16th March 2014) on Radio 2 with Simon Mayo regarding sword-making and the late, great Terry Pratchett.
17:55 – 22:30 minutes
Owen has recently been on BBC4 – Castles: Britain’s Fortified History. Watch the clip below for a taster :
And also on George Clark’s Amazing Spaces on the 4th Decemberon Channel 4 to see myself and Mick Maxen smelting .
Take a look at the New Kettle Chips advert for this year and me and a group of fellow craftsmen making cool things !
I was delighted to have been involved in the Channel 5 series of BEAT THE ANCESTORS. The first programme was shown on Channel 5, Sunday (24th February 2013) at 18.10 and I am one of the engineers. Here is a trailer for the first episode
For all our Australian friends, they can catch up on a on SBS ONE player.
Dick Strawbridge challenges a team of engineers to re-create some of history’s most impressive devices, using 21st-century knowledge and techniques to improve them.
On Show 1 you will see me casting a Bronze Cannon and making a medieval battery powered electric ignition system.
I’ll add more info as I get it. There is lots of metal bashing, welding, casting etc mixed in with historic weaponry and engineering.
A number of people have expressed an interest in what other TV work I have done
so here is a list of the programmes I have been involved in:-
SCRAPHEAP CHALLENGE: Series 6, 7 and 8 I made a lot of the sculptures in the “heap” including the starting gong Phoenix, rockets & robots. According to Wikipedia, series 4 was in 2001 !
SCRAPHEAP CHALLENGE: Series 9, 10 & 11. I was lucky enough to be
an engineer on these series. It was nothing short of a life changing job. Lots of hands-on work on the machines as diverse as Treboujet to jet engines and I stood in for the “supermodels” as a team member.
(2008) RICHARD HAMMOND’S ENGINEERING CONNECTIONS: episode Airbus A380 – I was one of the engineers and had the pleasure of dropping a piano from a crane, and firing chickens through a plane windshield.
BONE DETECTIVES: “Warlord of Bamburgh Castle” Weapons expert. We had fun putting boiled leather armour to the test against spears, swords & seax
(2008) PLANET MECHANICS: with Jem Stansfield and Dick Strawbridge .
Constructed a wave powered generator in Ireland.
DAM BUSTERS: I was one of the engineers and helped make and fire a nitrogen cannon for testing bouncing bombs.
(2010) BANG GOES THE THEORY: Making steel from iron and poo with Jem
(2011) MEDIEVAL FIGHT BOOK: Forging a Talhoffer long sword
(2011) NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S “ SECRETS OF THE LOST GOLD: WELDING A SAXON SWORD Making a patternwelded Staffordshire Hoard seax
(2011) SECRETS OF THE BLOODY TOWER: Forging the executioners axe from the Bloody Tower
(2012) INSTRUMENTS OF DEATH: Dane Axe forging (Episode 3) “The Norman
Invasion: The Battle of Hastings 1066”
METAL HOW IT WORKS Forging nails and a blade
(2013) SECRET LIFE OF MATERIALS for the BBC
I have helped out on many other TV shows making props and as a consultant with regard to filming historic forging including recently smelting copper for THE GENIUS OF INVENTION.
I also forged 9 inch nails that were the murderous props for WAKING THE DEAD and made metal shark jaws for the BBC in 2008 for the programme “SHARK”
I have a good understanding of what is needed when working with television. Having worked both behind the camera and also in front on numerous projects. My specialist fields are Historic weaponry Blacksmithing , steel making (smelting) and engineering.
I am happy to work in development & consultancy both in front of and behind the camera. If you have any TV projects that need a smith, weapons expert or engineer please feel free to contact me.