Retired Claas agricultural engineer Tim Fogden of Suffolk forges new career as horseshoe sculptor, aged 88

Tim Fogden, 88, a retired agricultural engineer, has taken up a new hobby creating horse sculptures

Tim Fogden, 88, a retired agricultural engineer, has taken up a new hobby creating horse sculptures out of horseshoes. Tim takes a good look at his creation. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

A retired agricultural engineer has discovered his inner artist at the age of 88.

Tim Fogden, 88, a retired agricultural engineer, has taken up a new hobby creating horse sculptures

Tim Fogden, 88, a retired agricultural engineer, has taken up a new hobby creating horse sculptures out of horseshoes. Tim pictured with his new sculpture. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

Tim Fogden is forging a new career welding horse sculptures from old horseshoes.

Tim, who is married to Suffolk’s agricultural chaplain Canon Sally Fogden, lives at Sapiston, near RAF Honington, close to the Suffolk-Norfolk border.

He embarked on his second sculpture, which was recently finished, in April, and has now put it up for sale.

“We have a horse and a pony which my wife rides so we have a friendly farrier so plenty of shoes,” he said. “I originally saw a horse made out of shoes up in Norfolk somewhere outside a blacksmith’s shop several years ago. It had been at the back of my mind it was something I might like to try myself.”

Tim Fogden, 88, a retired agricultural engineer, has taken up a new hobby creating horse sculptures

Tim Fogden, 88, a retired agricultural engineer, has taken up a new hobby creating horse sculptures out of horseshoes. Close up of the horses head shows off its finer detail. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown


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Tim started on his first sculpture about a year ago - a pony made to about two thirds full size - and that sold quite quickly, he said.

His latest artwork represents an Arab horse rearing up.

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Tim, who worked for agricultural machinery makers Claas for many years, said he was “very much” enjoying his new hobby - although it was quite painstaking.

“It’s being creative I suppose,” he said.

Tim Fogden, 88, a retired agricultural engineer, has taken up a new hobby creating horse sculptures

Tim Fogden, 88, a retired agricultural engineer, has taken up a new hobby creating horse sculptures out of horseshoe. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

“It could be of interest possibly to some gardening people.”

As well as welding, the work involved a lot of bending of the horseshoes to get them to fit, he said.

“I do it just in between other things - gardening and walking the dog etc. It took, I suppose, three months,” he said of his latest work.

“It seems to be appreciated,” he said of the reaction to his work. “I’m selling another one now - I’ve got the bug.”

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