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
Learn a range of jewellery making techniques over 4 evenings including saw piercing, annealing, soldering, hammering. texturing, pickling and polishing metal. You will make several pieces over the 4 weeks. A great taster course to see if you enjoy making jewellery and continue on a longer course afterwards.
We run these courses in the spring, summer and autumn terms. Please check the website for courses dates.
Our new course by popular request. The two day chefs knife course is designed for beginners that have no or little experience in metalwork or blacksmithing. The course starts with a quick safety talk and a cup of coffee.
To ensure we all produce a working knife which is a fully usable tool, occasionally we are fortunate to have a visiting expert Steve Nowacki as a guest tutor who will be leading the class ....
“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...
Due to the popularity of our Blacksmith Experience Days , Viking Knife Classes and Dragon Making classes we have decided to add a special experience day for all the juniors who want to have a go at metalwork. The class is tailored towards 8years + who come with either Dad or Mum. The options are fairly open and are discussed before attending the class and are designed with the child in mind and their aspirations.
On this Saturday course (which runs 2 consecutive Saturday mornings) you will make a truly individual piece of jewellery using only silver wire. You will be surprised by what you can make using silver wire by manipulating it with various tools!
In session 1 you will be shown various techniques and given time to experiment with copper wire. By the end of the class you should have decided what you want to make in session...
Make a Silver ring/ earrings or pendant in a day in our dedicated metalwork shop set in beautiful Rural Suffolk
This special one day course is a great introduction to making silver jewellery Learn how to mark out, pierce using a jewellers saw, form with mallet and mandrel and experience soldering. Make a beautiful Serling Silver Creation to treasure
Texture Clean up and polish
The one day course includes Sterling Silver and the price is...
Come a long to Fransham Forge and learn welding from a Master Craftsman!
Prior to developing his career as a Master Blacksmith, Nigel was trained as a coded pipe welder and has previously worked on several big London buildings. His trade continues to involve the need for honed welding skills alongside forging. As an experienced tutor Nigel will guide you through the basics of welding.
This course is designed to give the beginner the knowledge...
In this course you will use hammers to stretch and move silver to create your very own silver bangle to take away with you. A perfect gift for yourself or someone special. We will also be running other silver smithing workshops, for further details please visit our website.
You will be taught by tutor Charlotte Duckworth. Charlotte is known for designing and making beautiful cutlery from sterling silver and locally sourced English Holly, Charlotte creates...
If you've been to one of Roses classes before, or have made silver jewellery before, you can come and use the workshop to make whatever you like!
No particular demonstrations will be given on this class as such but Rose will be on hand to assist you with your project to make sure what you want to make can be realised.
You will need to e-mail Rose your silver requests and let her know...
Courses will be running at Bickleigh Farm throughout 2018. Please see website via the link button above for available dates.
The one- and two-day courses are run in my professional forge, which is extensively equipped for modern day use.
The two-day blacksmithing course starts in a similar way to the one-day version, with some basic technical instruction, but is intended to be more 'in-depth' as design and techniques are able to be further explored.