Jim’s hook, line and sinker national joy

Jim Stringer at work in his workshop in Meersbrook
Jim Stringer at work in his workshop in Meersbrook
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Fishy designs inspired by trips to the coast as a child have secured a Sheffield craftsman a national accolade.

Jim Stringer, from Meersbrook, won first place for his Hook, Line and Sinker range at The Worshipful Company of Pewterers Open Live Competition.

A fish letter opener created by Jim Stringer of Meersbrook

A fish letter opener created by Jim Stringer of Meersbrook

The 49-year-old was inspired to create designs including a pewter fish letter opener, fish head cufflinks and a sardine clock from years of trips to the coast and in particular to Cornwall.

Jim said: “The range was inspired from years of coastal holidays and particular memories of time spent in Cornwall as a child.

“Visits to Newlyn, to the fish market, and the pilchard works have been significant in influencing my designs.

“This range was produced with thoughts of the items having commercial appeal and being able to be made using traditional skills in small batch production runs.”

A tea pot inspired by Alice in Wonderland, made by Jim Stringer of Meersbrook

A tea pot inspired by Alice in Wonderland, made by Jim Stringer of Meersbrook

Jim, who works for cutlers, silversmiths and giftware specialists Chimo Holdings, based in Eyre Lane, Sheffield city centre, created the products in his spare time.

He has used the £1,000 prize money to set up his own workshop in Meersbrook and take the first step towards turning his hobby into a full-time business. The award-winning designs have now gone on display in the window of the Sheffield Showcase building on the corner of Cambridge Street in the city centre.

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Jim hopes to further showcase his designs through Facebook, folksy.com and esty.com – and eventually through his own website – turning his hobby into a full-time career.

Included in the shop window display in the city centre is an Alice in Wonderland-inspired tea pot, called Time for Tea, I’m Late!, which secured Jim second place in last year’s pewter competition.

Jim said: “I plan to build on the range and produce new quirky pieces. With this in mind I’ve decided to calls my business Quirky Metals.

“My designs have a humorous quality and are all handmade in Sheffield. The idea is to get more and more orders and maybe one day turn my hobby into a full-time business.”