Great Britain has a very long history of blacksmithing and making useful or beautiful items from metal. Our museums display iron and bronze age jewellery, simple coins, swords, knives, armour and an abundance of farming and industrial implements. The craft of forging metal to make sturdy long-lasting implements has a rich history in these islands with so many natural resources. Metal can be heavy and strong for the resilient barricades or hefty locks and bolts of castles and prisons or feathery light and dainty for elegant jewellery and fine adornment. Metal is a material of infinite variety and you will find a metal craft course to suit your interests and skills here with our enthusiastic and skilled metal working tutors
Kim runs private, 1 to 1 workshops from her Silversmithing Shed in Mangotsfield, Bristol.
All these sessions are booked 'on demand' to meet your availability and requirements. Lot's of sample designs will be provided but the joy of private tuition is it can be fully tailored to your interests or learning requirements. The prices are inclusive of materials unless otherwise stated and you may share your session cost with up to two friends for an...
This course is designed for students of any level to try new techniques of jewellery making. You have the chance to design and make in copper and silver. Develop your own designs and incorporated beads or gem stone.
We will teach you how to make a copper ring from sheet, you will learn to solder, polish and form. Moving on to piercing ( cutting outing with a saw) a pattern and making a...
This course is great for beginners to learn some basic silver-working techniques: texturing, soldering, piercing, drilling, stamping, colouring, forming, and basic- enamelling.
This course prepares you to take the Improvers course at a later date which moves on to expand your experience and introduce stone-setting and enamelling.
It is run by Fiona Cocks BA(Hons) who is has been teaching classes for over 10 years. She is enthusiastic and fun. The 2.5 hour sessions takes place...
This course moves on from the beginners course to expand your experience and introduce you to stone-setting and enamelling.
It is run by Fiona Cocks BA(Hons) who is has been teaching classes for over 10 years. She is enthusiastic and fun. The 2.5 hour sessions takes place in the workshops of Bigbury Mint, which is in Ermington, near Ivybridge, in the heart of the South Hams area of Devon.
Courses run on Thurdays evenings. We...
Make a small bowl or an embossed tile in copper by using the traditional silversmithing techniques of blocking out, hammering and planishing. Learn the invaluable skills of how to manipulate metal with the use of hammers and punches.
By the end of the course you will be able to
To select a suitable design and transfer it to the annealed metal
To manipulate metal on a larger scale – max 20cm x 20 cm
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.
The weekend is taught by Arian Leljak, an experienced blacksmith and teacher. By the end of the weekend you will have completed a knife with wooden or antler handle and a leather sheath. The weekend starts 7-9 on the Friday then all day Saturday and Sunday. Each course will have four participants
You will work to your chosen design to create a blade out of high-carbon steel. You will learn how to harden and temper...
Leather purse and belt making in Ecclesall Woods.
Please note this is a change of course name and content from the advertised Leatherwork: axe and knife sheath on this date.
Leather worker Ruth Pullan specialises in creating hand stitched bags and accessories using high quality British materials. Join her for this workshop which will give you the basic skills needed to make a leather belt and a simple coin purse. With these skills you will...
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...