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...
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...
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...
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...
“FORGING A BLACKSMITH’S KNIFE”
On this 1 day class we will forge a Blacksmith’s knife also known as a a Viking Lady’s knife. This is a one piece knife with a forged handle. We will go through the basic forging, grinding and heat treating of the blade to end up with a finished knife in one day !
This is a perfect introduction to the craft of the Bladesmith.
This class will be from 9am...
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.
A one-day workshop at the Blacksmith’s Shop in Redbourne is the perfect introduction to the traditional art of blacksmithing. Whether you’ve tried your hand at smithing before, or it’s just something you’ve always wanted to do, these workshops offer the ideal place to hone your skills with a full day of one to one hands on experience. Anything you make is yours to take home with you!
What will you learn?
- The day starts...
On this advanced course you will learn a number of special techniques used to make some of the traditional scrolls used in architectural ironwork.
The scrolls you will learn to make are more three-dimensional than the scroll made on the Beginner’s Course. They are seldom used in modern work because they require much more time and effort to produce and are rarely taught to students. Knowing how to make these scrolls will help you to...
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...