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...
This week long introduction to blacksmithing is a holiday with a difference. With have tuition by artisan blacksmith Andy of Feather Forge, this is a week long course for beginners. We’ll start by learning the basics of moving metal with hammer and anvil, along with managing a traditional coal forge, before progressing to forge your very own set of fire irons to take home.
Every student will have their own forge and anvil to work...
Learn key Blacksmithing techniques whilst forging your own piece of art to take home.
Book in for a Basic Blacksmithing day course for beginners, focusing on learning key basic techniques which are the foundation to all blacksmiths forge work.
After a short introduction with our resident blacksmith you will explore the history of smithing from Gold to steel; modern Iron & Steel, including their types and uses and receive your itinerary for the day. You...
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...
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...
Decorative Blacksmithing at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.
This two day course will cover a series of basic blacksmithing techniques. It is suitable for beginners and those with some knowledge of the craft. Day one will cover the most fundamental aspects of forging, and day two will explore further and include decorative elements. Participants will be supervised and encouraged as they apply the techniques to making a piece of ironwork to take home.
This is a special class for fans of 'forged in fire' where the format of the course is loosely based on the popular american tv show where previous attendees of our knife making classes will be working to produce a knife that will be made from a steel revealed at the at the beginning of the class.
The emphasis will be to produce a blade that will be heat treated on day one and then...
Content of the 3 day Basic Blacksmithing Course
• Personal Protection Equipment and the dangers of hot metal,
• The Forge hearth and types of forge,
• The Anvil, the various parts and their function, importance of stance and height
• Hammer Types
• Forging and Forming
• Use of and identifying tools and tooling
• Marking out
Skills used to make the items;
• Drawing down to a point (Square...
This is a specialist 3 day class concentrating on the particular techniques of forging a kitchen knife.
We will forge a 7 – 8 inch kitchen knife.
No prior experience is needed and the class will guide you through:
· Using a coke forge and gas forge
· Forging the blade to shape
· Thermocycling (reducing grain growth, which is an undesirable effect of over heating steel)
· Blade shaping, using grinder file and abrasive...