Blacksmithing is the craft of heating metal (wrought iron and steel) on a forge then hammering, drawing and bending it to make useful artefacts and sculptural forms. It takes strength, perseverance and considerable skill! The blacksmiths of mythology wrought swords that endowed their owners with power and strength and it does seem magical that lumps of heavy metal can be so transformed. The blacksmith may make decorative gates, a portcullis, sturdy railings, sculptures or spiral stairways. The forge remains a fascinating place with its hot fire and bellows and the iconic anvil...
Enjoy a days forging in my 200 year old Dartmoor Forge. Get used to the hammer and the anvil and then learn some of the building blocks of blacksmithing, including drawing out splitting and punching. My aim is to incorporate these skills into a small project for you to complete. One to one course £180, two people £150 each. Please contact me for details.
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This blacksmithing evening course will run for 5 consecutive weeks with experienced blacksmith and tutor Pete Smith of Bluefoot Forge on the Welsh border.
The course will start with a short health and safety talk, followed by an explanation of the workings of the fire, fire control and working heat colours. Pete will do a demonstration on basic hammer skills, techniques and working rhythm, whilst also demonstrating process...
This one day course introduces the basic skills of Blacksmithing, a trade that used to be found in every village and was at the heart of countryside life for hundreds of years. You will learn about managing the forge and heating your steel to around 1200 degrees Celsius. Discover the techniques of drawing down and shaping the metal on the anvil – then bending, forming and quenching your work until it is transformed from a...
East Riding of Yorkshire
- Next course on 6th July 2019
Come along to our Blacksmithing taster day set in the beautiful village of Burton Agnes, experience what it is like to be a master crafts man and get to fire up a coke forge for the day and use all the traditional tools and skills still used today.
Based in the yorkshire wolds we offer one day course to all levels of budding enthusiasts from the ages of 16+ (accompanied by adult), you will be...
East Riding of Yorkshire
- Next course on 2nd August 2019
For those wishing to get to grips with the forging of blacksmiths tools we offer an action packed two day course in which you will have the opertunity to forge the following items.
Blacksmiths flat bit tongs 2 pairs, hot cut chisel, slot punch, and round punch and a pair of pliers if you get enough done.
Blacksmiths Experience Day
Time to get your hands dirty and let the sparks fly. Take the chance to make some interesting bits and pieces to take home with you. A great experience for novices to try your hands at one of the oldest trades.
The course is open to all over the age of 16, We can accomodate groups, couples, stag & hen do's
The day will be spent at the anvil working with hot...
Knife Making Class.
Spend the day learning the tips and tricks of professional knife and blade making at Phoenix Forge.
We start out making a basic letter opener to get you warmed up and used to working with the forge, after a cuppa we get started on forging a true working knife. we go from selecting the right type of tool steel in to forging a rough blade shape out, then the shape is refined...
Copper Bashing for Beginners with Professional Blacksmith Lucille. Lucille Scott is an experienced teacher and blacksmith who runs regular blacksmithing courses in Little Duck Forge at Eastney Pumping Station throughout the year. We also run a specific copper course, Copper Birds and Flowers, see the website for more details and dates.
Copper Bashing for beginners
Copper bowls and simple copper forms using fold forming techniques
The day course will look at basic sheet metal skills...
Looking for a completely unique date? After something a little different? then our rose making course is perfect! Suitable for both couples, friends and family, our three hour rose making shop is held at our forge in the Heart of Suffolk.
Starting with basic forging techniques, we guide you through the hand forging of the stem, followed by texturing the petals and joining the two together using traditional joinery. Following which, we talk you through...
Work together or compete to see who is the best blacksmith as you and your date enjoy a stress-free experience in the art of bespoke ironwork.
You will enjoy a day full of laughter and fun, making it the perfect way to celebrate an anniversary or even to simply make lasting memories together. Whether it is personal keepsakes or something for your home, you will get to make your own custom artwork!