Joshua De Lisle
“While at school I lacked a lot of motivation as I struggled with Dyslexia and began to believe those who did not expect me to achieve anything. Consequently, I left school having failed my exams. Because of my faith I then made a simple prayer for help. I was fortunate that Holme Lacey College would accept me without any qualifications or experience other than a keen interest in making things and a review of my creative portfolio. From that point on I redirected myself; I focused and sought wisdom from those who were successful. I was determined that I wasn’t going to waste my life and that blacksmithing was a chance for me to have a new beginning with endless possibilities.”
Joshua De Lisle graduated in 2009 at the age of 18 from the National School of Blacksmiths at Holme Lacy College of Rural Crafts. In his first year at the college he won an outstanding achievement award, the Harry Skinner Best Smith trophy and the live forging competition at the Three Counties Show and then went on to become National Reserve Blacksmithing Champion 2010 with his sculpture “Equos” that he created while on his last term at college.
Joshua founded his business, DeLisle Designer Blacksmith, in 2009. Within his first
year Joshua was invited to submit his designs to Royal Richmond Park for the St.
Paul's Tercentenary Gates, now known as ‘The Way Gates’. At the age of just 19 Joshua’s
designs were chosen above several other submissions of public art sculptors and well-
Simon Richards, Richmond Park Manager, said: "These beautiful new gates, which demonstrate Joshua's exceptional talent, are a fantastic frame for this majestic vista and a fitting way to mark the Tercentenary of St Paul's Cathedral. They will be appreciated by visitors viewing St Paul's through the telescope at King Henry's Mound and by walkers around Sidmouth Woods”.
Joshua was then invited to present her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a gift on behalf of the Royal Parks for her Diamond Jubilee visit 2012 and has had the pleasure of displaying his award winning horse sculptures in the Royal entrance hall at Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2013.
Last year Joshua entered his horse sculpture 'Serenity' into the various county shows across England and Wales and became National Blacksmithing Champion 2013. On Thursday 24th October 2013 Joshua was presented with the championship cup and plaque by the Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths in the City of London’s Painters Hall and also In recognition of his early and substantial achievements Joshua has been made an Associate of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths (AWCB).
As a result Joshua has been approached by some well-
“My work is a tribute of respect to the heritage of the Blacksmiths down through
the ages and how they carried humanity out of the Stone Age by their innovation in
crafting metal into tools, functional items and works of art. It was because of the
Blacksmiths that the eventual evolution and revolution of modern technology was brought
about. Further more in my designing, I look out into the natural world where I am
inspired by what I see as majestically unparalleled craftsmanship, ultimately designed
and created purposefully by God” -