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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

£55
Online & Dorset - Next course on 22nd June 2019
Enjoy the magic of metal clay in the hilltop Dorset town of Shaftesbury. Beginners are especially welcome. Work with fully qualified teacher and art clay instructor Fiona Ingram to shape, texture, finish and fire your very own pendant, charm or earrings in fine silver. Small groups and a relaxed, supportive atmosphere are guaranteed. You even get to take your very own piece of jewellery home with you on the day. This course makes a lovely...
£65
South Yorkshire - Next course on 1st June 2019
Learn how to make a piece of jewellery on this one day course. You can make either a pair of earrings (studs or drops) or, you can make a pendant (you may be able to make both depending on the size you decide on). You will be shown a range of techniques which will enable you to come up with your own design. The format of the class will consist of a series of short...
£175
Berkshire
The one day knife making 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. Once we are all settled in the first task is to make a fire poker which will give everyone some hammering skills and a feel of how the material will react once its heated. The knife we make is a Viking one...
£260
Bristol - Next course on 14th June 2019
Bristol Bronze Club is back! This workshop involves three consecutive days where you will learn a basic introduction into lost wax bronze casting, using the ceramic shell casting technique. On the first two days, you will do waxwork and learn to apply the ceramic shell. On the Sunday it is the pour day where you will learn about pouring bronze artworks and get an introduction into metal finishing techniques. By the end of the weekend,...
£290
Surrey - Next course on 27th July 2019
Our 'B' course is led by Ambrose Burne, who introduces his students to the basic operations with some set pieces; then it becomes more design-based and experimental, with an exploration of the students' own ideas developed with Ambrose's help. It’s a good idea - but not compulsory - to think about what you might want to make in advance, in very general terms – don’t be too ambitious - entrance gates really aren't a possibility!...
£300
Lincolnshire - Next course on 15th June 2019
Join bladesmith Matt Aldridge at his forge in Lincolnshire for a range of two day workshops where you will learn how to make a knife or axe from start to finish. The sessions include forging a billet of steel to shape, using a belt grinder to remove excess metal, heat treating your knife, and how to fit and finish a solid handle. Axe workshops use a lot more forging, as you will be hot punching...
£340
Surrey - Next course on 6th September 2019
The 'O' course is led by Peat Oberon, award-winning blacksmith, and inspiring and sympathetic teacher; assisted by Eamonn Kenward. The courses are suitable for absolute beginners, male or female, from the age of about 14 upwards; or for metalworkers seeking to gain a basic understanding of iron-forging. A place on one of Peat's courses makes a fabulous birthday, Christmas or anniversary present - some recipients have said it's the best present they've ever had! Classes...
Fife
Silver jewellery making parties are ideal for anyone looking for a unique group activity. Fun, educational and bonding! Learn a new skill, while socialising, leave with some new memories and shiny silver mementos! Suitable for women, men and children 12 years + Prices start from £40 per person, dependant on size of group, activity and duration. Learn how to saw, solder, shape, texture and finish your own silver jewellery using traditional and modern jewellery techniques....
£15
Devon
The Photic School of Art is a jewellery school based in Mid Devon, near the village of Cadeleigh, and around 10 miles North of Exeter (a 30 minute drive). It is tutored by contemporary artist and jeweller, Sam Photic. Sam is a full member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, and has exhibited his work with many of the highest calibre craft galleries in the UK. He has also assisted the production of works for...
£30
Birmingham - Next course on 12th June 2019
Learn a new craft with a group of absolute beginners. Learn the art of embossing on pewter to produce a stunning cover for a notebook and a pen in this lustrous metal. You will be taught the basics of hand embossing on sheet pewter, as well as how to give it an aged look. You can enhance designs with coloured inks or embellish it with jewels. I will guide you through the process from the...