About Simon Brock
Simon Brock TIMMM
I am an artist, leatherworker, clog maker, timber technologist and sometime morris and longsword dancer. The ‘TIMMM’ bit means that I have taken exams to prove I know about wood in some fairly serious detail!
I have been working with wood for the whole of my adult life, training as a furniture maker after leaving school. Leatherwork came slightly later, in 2011, and since 2015 the focus of my leatherworking has been folk/early musicians and morris dancers.
In clogs, I have found one of the small number of crafts which combines both materials.
My journey to becoming a clog maker started way back in 2010 when I first met Trefor Owen, who was to become my principal mentor in the craft.
After a few years honing my leatherworking skills, I returned to clog making and was fortunate enough to be able to acquire equipment and patterns from retired clog maker Rick Rybicki.
I sold my first clogs in 2018 and now attend several events throughout the country (see the Diary page for more info).
In 2019 I won two awards from the Heritage Crafts Association: the HCA/Marsh Endangered Craft Award and the HCA/Arts Society Heritage Crafts bursary, both to enable me to train in the hand-cutting of clog soles with Jeremy Atkinson.
When not making leather goods or clogs, I am an active participant in the folk world, spending most weekends dancing with Flag & Bone Gang, as Dance Captain of Handsworth Sword Dancers and/or very occasionally jigging with avant garde Cotswold outfit Black Hart Morris. I play a gaily-decorated accordion, dress up as the Derby Tup in mumming plays, attend and organise Sheffield village carols sessions (in season!) and do a decent line in shanties.