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Blacksmithing is the craft of heating metal (wrought iron and steel) on a forge then hammering, drawing, bending and upsetting it to make useful artefacts and sculptural forms. It takes strength, perseverance and considerable skill to do this well and Great Britain has incredibly skilled men and women who are world leaders in blacksmithing. The blacksmiths of mythology wrought magical swords that endowed their owners with power and strength and it does indeed still seem magical that lumps of heavy metal can be so transformed. The blacksmith may make light fittings or a portcullis, decorative gates or sturdy railings, sculptures or spiral stairways. The village forge was always a fascinating place with its hot fire and bellows but really the person who shoes a horse should be called a farrier though the blacksmith may make the horseshoes. Blacksmithing is not just for the men - check out Bex Simon on You Tube and you will see that women also can learn the traditional skills of the blacksmith.

£170
berkshire
Blacksmith Experience Days, the original 'day in the life of a blacksmith' course at Anvil Forge, based on Blackcroft Farm in Wokingham near Reading. Everything you make on the day is yours to take away. Everyone makes a fire poker as the first project and we then proceed to make a project which can be an idea you have or an item we guide you on, which can be discussed with us in advance. Anvil...
£580
North Yorkshire - Next course on 16th December 2017
Items you will make over the two days - eg, a bearded axe, a full handle, and a tomahawk. You will learn to make using a traditional blacksmith's forge for the tomahawk and bearded axe. You will learn to forge weld the tomahawk and bearded axe. The smithing process is quite fine and not as heavy handed as regular blacksmithing. It is more akin to jewellery making techniques. This course is run from my home...
£170
berkshire
The one day knife making course is designed for beginners that have no or little experience in metalwork or blacksmithing. The course starts with a quick safety talk and a cup of coffee. Once we are all settled in the first task is to make a fire poker which will give everyone some hammering skills and a feel of how the material will react once its heated. The knife we make is a Viking one...
£275
North Yorkshire - Next course on 15th December 2017
Learn to forge a Rustic knife / knife making / Blade smithing. Spend two days at my forge learning to forge a 1055 steel bushcraft knife by hand and then put an antler or wooden handle on the tang which makes it a hidden tang or full tang. You will need steel toe cap boots or strong leather boots. This course is run from my home forge which is outside under an all-weather gazebo. Some...
£290
Surrey
Our 'B' course is led by Ambrose Burne, who introduces the student to the basic operations with some set pieces; then it becomes more design-based and experimental, with an exploration of the student's own ideas developed with Ambrose's help. It’s a good idea - but not compulsory - to think about what you might want to make in advance, in very general terms – don’t be too ambitious - entrance gates really aren't a possibility!...
£340
Surrey - Next course on 2nd March 2018
The 'O' course is led by Peat Oberon, award-winning blacksmith, and inspiring and sympathetic teacher; assisted by Eamonn Kenward. It starts at 3:00 pm prompt on Friday, and runs until 7:00pm; Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sunday 9:00 - 3.30 pm. The courses are suitable for absolute beginners, male or female, from the age of about 14 upwards; or for metalworkers seeking to gain a basic understanding of iron-forging. A place on one of...
£600
North Yorkshire - Next course on 5th March 2018
Learn to make a viking style sword using 416 stainless steel. This will be handforged using a propane gas forge. The first day will be drawing the sword out. Each day lasts 6 hours. This course is run from my home forge which is outside under an all-weather gazebo. Some of the work is also carried out in a utility room/workshop. Please get in touch for details and bookings. This is a 1 to one...
£100
North Yorkshire
Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel. The day is fully hands on and as well as learning the basic principles of blacksmithing, you will make two unique items to take home with you. The first project is the snail key ring and after that, students will get to make a dragon themed coat-hook....
£150
Norfolk
Join our friendly Blacksmithing Team for a full day's tuition in basic forging! Award winning, master blacksmith, Nigel Barnett will guide you through the basic skills of forging. You will have a go at making your own items to take home. The course is very hands-on and attendees will learn the skills required to create a variety of traditional ironmongery. Working at your own speed, tuition is on demonstration followed by one to one guidance...
£170
East Sussex
Traditional Blacksmithing one day tuition run by an award winning blacksmith with over 15 years hand forging experience. Firebird forge is located in the heart of one of the oldest private estates in the south east and to the back of the forge is the woods where the stories of AA.Milne were set (The Hundred Acre Wood). The forge is in a 1500 square foot former dairy and has six individual forges with anvils and...