Wilf was pottering around in his shed when his grandson wandered in and asked, ‘Granddad, can you make me a frog?’
‘I welded spoons together, shaped tithe into a frog, something I’d never done before’, Wilf said. ‘It only took a couple of minutes.’ After the frog, he kept at it. Next was a hawk from forks. Then gifts for everyone in the family.
It was the ‘silver lining’ from a serious accident — ‘One door closes, another door opens’. Wilf, working as a welder and pipe fitter, fell from a roof, landed on a concrete floor. Every rib on his right side and three vertebrae were broken. He was airlifted to a hospital in Carlisle.
‘I love it when my new passion for cutlery sculpturing came along. I use my head and hands instead of doing anything physically demanding, no heavy lifting. Lifting forks, knives, and spoons was something I can still do.’
As for sourcing the cutlery, Wilf laughed when we asked about rumors of local pub staff keeping a watchful eye on him. ‘So far none have banned me’, Wilf said. ‘I have my sources, all aboveboard’.
Wilf lives in Dufton with his wife Muriel and shed.
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