November 14, 2018
Tod loves making anything and everything and has done since forever, but his real passions are history and creative engineering. This has lead to two very different careers that occasionally cross over and combine.
He has a passionate interest in the artefacts of our past, particularly the industrial and military and this has lead him to recreate all manner of objects and weaponry with an aim to them looking and working now, just as they looked and worked then.
Tod has intense pride in his work and strives to get it right, he looks carefully at original pieces and simply copies what he sees. He may make exact copies, or combine elements of pieces, to create something new, but which would have fitted in perfectly. This philosophy extends to the appearance, construction, design and decoration of his pieces. They will not be perfect, they never were, but they will be right.
Tods other passion is building machines that do something fun, interesting, dramatic, or just plain stupid; this comes from spending 25 years working in Special Effects. Little makes him happier than being asked to strip an engine out of a jet fighter and fit it in a motor boat or to make an air cannon to shoot bouncing bombs. He does this mainly for TV shows and sometimes for fun.
He lives in Oxfordshire (UK), with a fantastic wife and 3 fantastic daughters, in a house they built.
Tods Workshops craft historic weaponry and artefacts to the highest standards. We start by looking at what was made before and replicating it.
Simply put, we look carefully at historic pieces and then we make what we see.
We strive to use the correct materials and processes where possible and our aim is to make pieces that would be indistinguishable from those of the past . Our work looks like it is made by hand, because it is made by hand and everything we make is fully functional.
Tods Workshops creates 3 kinds of work:
“In stock” - A range of work is available from stock and ready for immediate shipping.
“Bespoke” – A range of pieces that can have aspects customised to your exact requirements, be it crossbows, daggers or scabbards or swords.
“Commissions” – Whatever you want created just for you and can’t find else where on the site.
We also have a sister site, “Tod Cutler”, where you can buy a wide range of excellent quality hand crafted objects at affordable prices. Click on the 'Tod Cutler shop' menu selection below
Tod provides professional services to film, TV, theatre and museums in two specific areas:
- Historical reproduction artifacts, props and advice.
- Specialist engineering services, demonstrations and consultation.
Check out some of the projects Tod has worked on.
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