Hector Cole MBE FWCB
Master Arrowsmith and Archaeological Ironworker
Hector Cole MBE has a world wide reputation for the forging of high quality historic arrowheads. This reputation is based on years of blacksmithing experience. Hector specialises in the reconstruction of archaeological artefacts using the same materials and techniques of ancient smiths.
He has not only carried out extensive research on the forging of arrowheads but is also a leading authority on the smithing techniques and skills of Saxon swordsmiths. Hector’s expertise is seen regularly on numerous television programmes dealing with the reconstruction of ancient craft skills and in particular the skills of the swordsmith.
In addition to his historic work, Hector is also a Silver medal holder of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths and a Livery man of that company. To achieve this prestigious award, a broad knowledge of smithing skills is required, ranging from the traditional smithing skills, design skills, knowledge of the blacksmith’s craft and its history and the use of modern techniques and equipment.
Hector’s work can be seen in museums throughout Europe including The Royal Armouries, The Mary Rose Museum, The Museum of London, The British Museum and the National Museum of Wales. He has also produced forge work for members of the Royal Family including the gates and rail for His Royal Highness Prince Charles’s Highgrove House.