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Blacksmithing courses

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...

£230
Shropshire - Next course on 24th August 2019
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. You will...
£160
Devon
The day starts at 9 and you will be put on the fires to spend 10 minutes learning how hot it gets and how to hold the hammer. Then straight into forging a ram's head. This project has lots of different skills: twisting, punching, forge welding, scrolling. After this is made, we will do Leaf work and make a Bottle opener. Everyone that has been on one of my courses has walked away amazed by...
£235
South Yorkshire - Next course on 23rd March 2019
Design and create a Sterling Silver spoon, with contemporary silversmith Charlotte Tollyfield, and then have it hallmarked at The Sheffield Assay Office. Have a go at making an extra special keepsake, Christening present or Wedding gift. You will spend two days with Charlotte in her workshop in the heart of Sheffield, where you will learn the techniques of forging, forming and soldering whilst creating your own silver spoon to have hallmarked and take home. Charlotte...
£370
Berkshire
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...
£325
East Riding of Yorkshire - Next course on 23rd August 2019
This is quite a fun forge day in which time you can turn your hand at forging various traditional items the village smith would make on a daily basis, typical example would be a pair of strap hinges and pintles, simple flip latch with holback hook typical items that are found on village barns, and stable doors.
£280
Strathclyde - Next course on 23rd May 2019
Quite possibly the best opportunity for hand forged carving knives… This is almost a three for the price of one workshop – and a rare chance to catch all three of these incredible makers in the same place, at the same time, working on the same thing! Nic Westermann, Alex Yerks and Adrian Lloyd, three out of four members of team Hewn and Hone, will spend two days teaching you to create a minimum of...
£250
Devon
Content of the 3 day Basic Blacksmithing Course Introduction to; • 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 • Finishes Skills used to make the items; • Drawing down to a point (Square...
£580
Kent
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...
£140
Shropshire - Next course on 13th April 2019
Learn the skills of the blacksmith and blade smith and make your own knife. You will learn to: - use the forge anvil and hammer - be able to identify the temperature of steel by looking at the colours Learn the art of hardening and tempering, forging and drawing with the hammer. Blacksmith made knives differ from commercial made knives in that they are not ground with a grinder but shaped with the hammer. The...
£290
Tees Valley
You will learn about many of the specialist techniques used to make leaves and other organic forms which are often used in both traditional and modern blacksmithing. The course is aimed at those who have already had some experience and practice and wish to learn how to produce the more organic shapes and forms found in the natural world. It is also for people who would like to try some of the more ornate traditional...