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About Anne Mills - Fireside Bellows

Fireside Bellows Maker ... "[Bellows] are beautiful as well as practical" ..."Wonderful bellows" ... "They are beautiful, just stunning"

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Unique, Hand Crafted Fireside Bellows. Inspired by the distinctive character sought in locally sourced woods Anne carefully hand crafts bellows to create unique, attractive, practical pieces. Soft leather is selected to complement the wood. Tacks and the locally manufactured nozzle, designed by Anne, complete each bellows. Natural oil and wax polish - the final, rewarding step - brings the wood to life. Anne began building bellows after feeling faint blowing on her own home fire!
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Yes, by appointment only
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Available for Craft Fairs
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Fireside Bellows
Bow Road
Vale of White Horse

Field Forge Bellows

This was an interesting challenge!  Blacksmith friend, who was involved in medieval reenactments, asked for bellows for his field forge.  So, something portable between fixed forge bellows usually around 6 feet long and my fireside bellows at 2 feet long.  Not simply a scaled-up version of my fireside bellows either as these required two chambers, or lungs, to ensure a continual blow of air to keep the forge heat really high.

Specifications or ratios of intake valves and nozzle diameter to bellows size not to be found anywhere!  The build would also be completed, with the single piece of leather completely tacked onto the three panels, before knowing if anything actually worked…

After quite some time for this build (and much head-scratching!), the bellows were mounted on a frame built by the blacksmith. A lovely, steady flow of air was just perfect – much jubilation, mixed with huge relief!

Reenactments have discontinued, so the bellows are looking for a home in a forge or on a battlefield…