Tom Hill is a self-taught sculptor from the United Kingdom who has been working with recycled horseshoes to create life-size animal sculptures. The native of Herfordshire, England, utilizes a gas forge, anvil and hammer as well as various welding techniques to heat and shape thousands of used horseshoes to create his sculptures.
Hill has created a wide range of life-size sculptures such as horses, camels, elephants, deer, hedgehogs, squirrels, ducks, herons, swans, pigs, hares, badgers, dogs, lions and cheetahs.
In the spring of 2006, Hill exhibited at the Living Crafts at Hatfield House celebration, which led to many orders and commissions for his life-size sculptures. This included an order from Lady Salisbury of Hatfield House for two life-sized elephants as a special gift for her husband’s birthday. Along with a baby elephant, these sculptures are now displayed in the private garden at Hatfield House.
Much of Hill’s work has been sold in England with some pieces going to Italy and Ireland. His ambition is to create a 30-foot rearing horse made from thousands of recycled horseshoes.
View the video slideshow below of some of his sculptures, or click here to view the album online.