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...
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.
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...
Craft in our time
Craft can offer many experiences - a sense of creativity, inspiration and imagination, a means of learning through making and a deep sense of empowerment and value.
The Practical Skills Teacher Development Course PSTDC aims to inspire, offer an opportunity for re-development and re-deployment of skills already acquired. Deepen our understanding of both the educational and therapeutic opportunities and value for the practice of traditional craftwork and learning through making.
Master the art of hand raising, with contemporary silversmith Charlotte Tollyfield, and create your very own Sterling Silver whisky tumbler. One of Charlotte’s most successful designs, this intensive course allows you to craft the perfect vessel for your favourite dram. Ideal for the true connoisseur.
You will spend three days with Charlotte in her workshop in the heart of Sheffield, where you will learn the techniques of annealing, blocking, raising and plannishing whilst creating your...
The Star Wars one day class is a new one day event that is designed to allow Sci Fi fans to marry traditional blacksmithing and modern metalwork with a love of all their favourite iconic science fiction items/sculptures. We have found that there have been quite a few sculptures made on the standard 'Blacksmith Day' so now have a chance for like minded people to attend a class solely featuring futuristic sculptures made with ancient...
Have you always wanted to make and take home your own sword ?
Well, here is your chance !
The aim of this course is to forge out your own sword in seven days.
I will take you through the process of:
Forging the blade to shape
Grinding and shaping the blade
Hardening and tempering the blade
Sharpening and edge testing
Fitting a cross guard, handle and pommel
We will be making double-edged sword blades,...
Be a blacksmith for a day!
Come and experience being a blacksmith in the traditional village forge in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire.
In the village smithy in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire. The forge dates from 1811, but is in a much older 16th century agricultural building. The forge has two hearths – one converted to use an electric blower and one which is still blown by hand-operated bellows.
Your tutor will be the village...
This is a one day intensive Welding Course where you can try out and practice all 3 welding processes with a variety of metals.
Mild Steel and Stainless TIG
Copper and Brass Brazing TIG,
Mild Steel and Stainless Stick,
Mild steel and Stainless MIG
This course is suitable for anyone wishing to try and discover welding for the first time, or for anyone who wants to update their welding knowledge by...