Actually, Fry is quite an expert on Wagner but also did a very competent article on how the Gutenberg Bible was printed and more importantly, how the wooden gears were cut on a replica. Thought you might be interested- sort of down your way.
As for 'Down your way'- there is the Fuchs swords and so on from what was literally done on your river- the Derwent.
The Sword Makers of Shotley Bridge from emigre German craftsmen from Solingen is well documented. For others, the swords were so good that they could be coiled in a gentleman's top hat. We don't know what went on- around the corner. If I am not mistaken, there is still a Cutler's Hall in Shotley and a 'Avalon'Lodge in Blackhill. 'Tommy' Moore who was master wrote up quite a bit on swordmaking.
Me.? My days are as a kid around around the pit pond at Greenside in the 'blackies' shop where my little Boy Scout axe/hammer was forged and there is the wrecking bar in the corner of my garage with 'S; for Stella Coal Company. Dad's home made hammers are gone, save for a claw hammer one which my son is still using.
Sorry but it isn't always the glossy TV and what happened to 'When I nod my head, hit it' to the striker at the other side of the anvil.
As sensible people do, I moved on.