When looking for an item of metalwork in Shepton Mallet, one of the choices you’ll need to make is whether to buy a ready-made item from a retailer, or commission a local blacksmith to create it for you. This applies equally whether the item you seek serves a practical or decorative purpose, or perhaps both.
Here are some things to think about when deciding whether to use a Shepton Mallet blacksmith or a retailer:
- a ready-made and mass-produced item is likely to cost less than something created by hand by a blacksmith – however, you won’t be getting a unique and beautifully made piece
- you’ll probably be able to get your item instantly if you buy it from a retailer – although it won’t be made to your unique specifications so might not be exactly what you want
- you’ll be supporting an ancient tradition and local craftsmen if you commission a Shepton Mallet blacksmith to create the item for you – it’s like buying your own piece of history
- a Shepton Mallet blacksmith will be able to create something for you which is entirely original and that you won’t find anything else – this won’t be the case if you buy a mass-produced item from a retailer.