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Blacksmithing & metal courses

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

£160
Yorkshire
An introduction to blacksmithing at the J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre. This day course will introduce you to the basics of Blacksmithing and hand forge work with David Southgate of Forge Four Blacksmithing. Starting with fire control and hand hammer work, you will learn carbon steel forging and make small objects such as a poker or spoon, you will leave with an authentically hand forged object. Forges are hot and can be noisy; Eye...
£250
Swansea
A one or two day course aimed at total beginners or experienced metalworkers. Priced at £250 for one to one work: add another £50 per extra group member, up to a maximum of six people. (note I only take groups who know each other). Price per per day of training Children are welcome, above the age of six. The course covers an introduction to Mig Welding (Mig welding; a commonly used industrial process for assembling...
£120
Shropshire - Next course on 27th April 2019
Introduction to Blacksmithing course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. This one day, structured course introduces beginners to some fundamental metal forging techniques. Step-by-step demonstrations will be given, and participants supervised and encouraged as they apply the techniques to making a piece of ironwork to take home. You will need to wear: old clothes (non-synthetic) /overalls and sturdy boots. Please bring leather gloves if you have any. Frazer can provide weekday courses for groups of...
£250
West Yorkshire
This course is run on a one to one basis or one to two if you would like to come with a friend. £250 for one person, special rate of £350 for two. The course is designed to give the beginner a good grounding in welding theory and practice, typical welding joints and application. Lots of practical training using mostly the MIG welding process, with Stick (arc) welding and Gas welding if there is time...
£60
Devon - Next course on 8th June 2019
This course is great for beginners to learn some basic silver-working techniques, and you will go away with a solid silver bangle and a copper bangle that you have made! It is run by Fiona Cocks BA(Hons) who is has been teaching classes for over 10 years. She is enthusiastic and fun. The 4 hour session takes place in the workshops of Bigbury Mint, which is in Ermington, near Ivybridge, in the heart of the...
£130
Bedfordshire
Have you ever wanted to make your own piece of silver jewellery? Or are you looking for a gift experience for someone who loves jewellery? My one day workshops will be an introduction to making silver jewellery using traditional tools and techniques in the tranquil setting of my garden workshop. The day is totally tailored to you because my workshops are 1:1 (or you and a friend) and your jewellery making experience will begin before...
£650
West Yorkshire
A chance to make a sword. In this course you will learn how to forge from start to finish a double edge sword. The course is open to all over 18s, no experience needed, what you will need is determination, stamina and patience. I will take you through the whole prosess There are a wide variety of tools involved in the making of a sword, so the ability to understand instruction is a must. I...
£450
Powys - Next course on 21st May 2019
Learn blacksmithing with master blacksmith Pete Smith at Bluefoot Forge on the English/Welsh border. This 3 day course is suitable for beginners and those with experience and will start by unravelling the mysteries of the fire. Pete will do a demonstration on basic hammer skills, techniques and working rhythm, whilst also demonstrating process and process design, to create the first artefact you will make. As each day progresses, you will increase your knowledge and your...
£220
Cambridgeshire
This is an intense but fun workshop. Aimed at intermediate or beginners. You will be making 3 or 4 Sterling Silver rings (2 mm or 2.5 mm width.) Using 4 x 4.5 mm size Cabochon stones. You will learn to saw, file, hammer, soldering annealing, polishing and setting of your own rings. Due to a high learning curve, this course is offered usually as a 1:1 workshop. A day course 1:1 tuition is 8 hour...
£100
Yorkshire - Next course on 18th August 2019
Blacksmithing for beginners course with Adrian Wood Tutor Adrian Wood leads workshops in Blacksmithing in many venues across the north of the country. His courses are always popular and fill up very quickly. He works on decorative blacksmithing commissions for many clients in his own forge at Hornby, Teeside when he's not teaching others. You will need to wear layers of old clothing as it can be hot work and sensible shoes (not plastic). Safety...