Michael Bennett, who has a forge in Lockton, North Yorkshire describes himself as a modern metal worker, and uses everything from an anvil to welder to laser cutter.
His day job is working as a continuous improvement engineer at the Xandor Automotive factory, in Pickering, which makes Land Rover parts, and he says his hobby “helps to relieve the daily stress”.
He is probably best known for his sheep sculptures which stand outside the Inn on the Moor, Goathland, where he used to live.
He got into metalworking after being asked to make a barbecue out of an old gas boiler. Five years later, when he had a breakdown and was signed off work, he decided to build a forge.
“Hitting metal with a hammer was fantastic for my mental health issues – it helped to have an outlet,” he said.
In normal times he likes to visit markets to gauge what people are buying – currently insects are very popular. But some of his creations are much bigger like his full-sized unicorns.
He says he loves to make things "that aren't necessarily normal" and his metalwork is much thicker than imported work from China.
“Chances of it rusting away in 50 years is very slim”.
His work will be on show at the Malton Food Festival on August 28.