1970 – Engineering?

RJ heads off to Manchester University to study engineering . . . .

Though mechanically minded, RJ finds the theory tedious. He leaves
university to live in Hebden Bridge, where he finds work, by following
in his grandfather’s footsteps, and becomes a blacksmith.

His enquiring mind draws RJ to more inventive work and he plans a series of working designs inspired by the work of Heath Robinson, such as this mobile phone with
shoulder stand and ‘hands-free option top hat’

Totally immersed in this project, his business takes secondplace to
his vision, and he finally establishes a sculpture park based on three
dimensional representations of the designs of his hero, such as The Moth Trap.


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