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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...

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!
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...
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...
South Yorkshire - Next course on 22nd June 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...
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...
Suffolk - Next course on 24th May 2019
Come and join us in the heart of Suffolk, for a full days tuition in the art of blacksmithing. starting with a talk on the tools of the trade, you will be guided through the creation of several unique pieces of ironwork throughout the day. Kingdom Forge is run by two full time, professional Blacksmiths, Paul Stoddart, and Elliot Harrison. The forge lies within a picturesque village, in the middle of the county of Suffolk....
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.
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...
North Yorkshire
The course is run by full-time blacksmith and experienced teacher David Stephenson. Forging skills are largely learned by experience so the course is very hands-on. During the morning we work on a range of forging skills, including tapering,controlled bending,punching, twisting,and riveting. We work on real projects so that students have a range of small completed items to take home. After lunch we work on a more ambitious project, developing the skills covered during the morning...