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
Don't know how to mend a puncture? This short evening course, which includes some hands on work, is designed to make sure you can become self sufficient when out on your own on a bike ride.
Our tutor, Dan Richards is a qualified Cytech 3 mechanic and owner of Lake District Cycling, a cycling service provider (in association with Virgin Trains at Penrith Station and shortly Oxenholme Station, providing much needed pre-bookable Cycle Hire from...
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...
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...
- Next course on 2nd February 2019
This fun short taster course will help you find out if you want to learn more about jewellery making. You will be able to make a lovely textured silver wrap ring in just a few hours using traditional methods and hand tools.
Demonstrations will be given on how to apply different texturing techniques to metal which you can try out on copper before committing your final design to silver.
For your final piece you will...
Learn to make solid silver earrings using traditional techniques, held in a well- equipped metal-working workshop at Bigbury Mint in Ermington, South Devon. This is a three hour course and you will be taught forming, soldering, texturing and polishing and come away with a pair of finished silver earrings.
Group bookings are welcome. For more information on the next workshops contact us above.
- Next course on 2nd February 2019
Join Ella to create your own pewter pendant or keyring using a heritage metalwork skill of cuttlefish casting.
Design your own pendant/keyring before mould making using the natural material of cuttlefish and casting using molten pewter. We will then finish our casts using traditional jewellery tools so you can proudly take your handmade design home. Ella, who recently won the Creative and Cultural skills award for her pewter workshop programme, will guide you through all...
Come along and discover your own creative flair and learn some professional jewellery making techniques with jewellery designer Sheila Roussel.
In this workshop you will be guided through the step by step process to create your very own ring for yourself or as a gift.
You will experiment with copper, creating a variety of textures using different hammers and files. You'll learn how shape, file and solder copper to make your practise ring. This will...
Come along and join us to make your own unique artful wire bird sculpture.
You will choose from a variety of wires, steel, iron, copper and aluminium to create your bird. Full guidance and support will be given to create the features of your bird such as feet, body tail etc.
Booking is necessary as places are limited.
Come along and learn how to saw, solder, form and texture your own silver rings from scratch!
In this workshop, you will create a set of three textured skinny rings that can be stacked together or worn separately.
The perfect class for an individual or a group of friends to come and learn, socialise and most importantly, to make some jewellery to take home!
This is a fun introduction to working with enamels on copper. You will learn how to prepare your copper blanks, apply your enamel, apply decoration and fire in the kiln
You will build up your piece in stages with a firing in the kiln in between each stage. Your design will build up as you go and you will have a range of materials and techniques to play with. If you have worked with glass...