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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

£75
South Yorkshire - Next course on 20th April 2019
Learn how to make rings using traditional hand tools & jewellery making methods. This one day course is a fun way to spend a day and at the end you will have a beautiful set of three silver stacking rings to take home. This course is taught with demonstrations to a small group with individual attention being given to students where needed. You can customise your design by adding texture if you want to or...
£175
Berkshire
Blacksmith Experience Days, the original 'day in the life of a blacksmith' course at Anvil Forge, based at Blackcroft Farm in Wokingham near Reading. Everything you make on the day is yours to take away. Everyone makes a fire poker as the first project and we then proceed to make a project which can be an idea you have or an item we guide you on, which can be discussed with us in advance. Anvil...
£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...
£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 6th April 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...
£370
Berkshire - Next course on 10th April 2019
Our new course by popular request. The two day chefs style 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. The material we will be using will be from spring steel which has a greater carbon content , these are the properties that make it more suitable to being hardened to ensure it keeps a...
£29
Leicestershire
Create your own unique butterfly for the garden. Catches sunlight and sways in the wind to add interest to gardens. Use traditional metal finishing techniques to raise the shape and patina. It will then be polished and you add the rod for allowing it to be placed in the ground. Further images can be seen on my site. I would recommend a minimum age of 8. Please contact if you have any questions. Maximum of...
£30
Birmingham - Next course on 27th March 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...
£35
Hampshire
In this class we will make a silver ring and you will learn how to size, saw, file, shape, solder and polish in this jam packed class! We will break everything down step by step so this class is perfect for beginners or if you have some experience. Payment in full is required to book a place on this class. This is a great course to bring a group of friends to celebrate a birthday,...