Michelle and Andy of A&R Metalcraft adopted Minnie Minx, a Romanian rescue, from Chimney Farm International Dog Rescue in August 2015. At the time, both decided that they wanted to do more to help support the rescue, to raise awareness of the dogs looking for homes and the plight of stray dogs. Realising they were too far away to volunteer at the kennels, and following a couple of false starts they have come up with a range of horseshoe art and design using donated horseshoes.
They give a day a month for crafting horseshoe sculptures, so after clearing costs every penny of the Horseshoes4Hounds range goes to helping the dogs at Chimney Farm. Alongside this the couple make amazing sculptures and designs which contain a donation to the rescue. They adopted their second Romanian rescue, ‘Mrs Pepperpot’ in January 2017.
Michelle and Andy are metal artists based close to Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Their best known work is The Ancestor sculpture, launched in a world first contemporary art installation at Stonehenge World Heritage Site for summer solstice 2010. Other significant pieces include the Solstice Lantern which is lit at sunset annually on the longest night and keeps the light burning overnight, returned to Stonehenge for the winter solstice sunrise. And the Henge Hares Disc, a cultural gift presented to the Amautus Tribe of Bolivia during a cultural exchange in 2012.
Andy is a highly skilled 3D sheet metalworker, apprenticed through Fords Motor Company in Southampton whilst Michelle first swung a hammer at the age of 37 and has never looked back.
Horseshoes4Hounds was launched in April 2016 and raised an amazing £2155 in the first year. So if you are thinking of something different or bespoke made from horseshoes please think of us and support an amazing cause. Please contact us to discuss your ideas.
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