Nathan Savill

Nathan Savill a.k.a. Nate the Blacksmith used to work as a journalist, until a series of events led him to Westport. Here he spent a terrifying year living in a barn without electricity and learning the basics of blacksmithing on a course designed to pacify Westport’s delinquent youth run by local blacksmith Robert Green.
After a year in Westport and a failure to find another blacksmith to continue training with, Nate returned to Auckland and enrolled in Unitec’s Bachelor of Design and Visual Art which he completed at the end of last year.
Nate has spent the last three summers running a coal forge at Barry Brickell’s Driving Creek Railway and Pottery in Coromandel. He has recently completed a large chandelier commission for Barry. Nate has also worked for Andrew Drummond and Lou Purvis.
Using both coal and gas forges, Nate uses traditional blacksmithing techniques to create both functional and sculptural objects.