1 Day Forged Knife Making Course with Ben (Bean) Lam



Old Pound Smithy offers a blacksmithing adventure like no other. Prepare to walk into a world of bulging leather bellows feeding raging fires; steel, glowing red and orange; sparks popping from the cold face of an anvil. This is the world where you will create your own pieces of forged artwork, axes or knives, using the original traditional ways of the blacksmith from a time long ago. This is a one day traditional blacksmithing course with instructor Ben Lam designing and making your own shaped blade up to 5 inches long. The blade will include a full tang to which you can fit your own handle. The course will involve the following processes: Forging out a coil spring to flat; draw out the point; set down the handle shape; bevel the edges; anneal and draw file, drill holes in the tang, harden and temper. There are many fantastic blacksmith courses out there, which are mostly provided by working smiths, in their working workshops, or in more formal teaching studios, and they are brilliant, after all, they are run by fellow smiths who are an amazing bunch. However, at Old Pound Smithy, we have created something different; a bespoke environment, tailored entirely towards providing the ultimate blacksmithing experience. The Smithy has been set up in the old Pole Barn; a gnarly building of corrugated sheet and old wooden beams, right in the heart of the site – just as the ancient smithies were in the centre of the village, the place villagers would come together around the warm forge. The students share a fire between two, and each of the fires are powered by a large set of bellows; so team work is key! You will learn to control your forging fire using these traditional bellows, and you may work together as Smith and striker to forge out your work. We can accommodate groups of 6 people per course. The teaching space has been set up with 6 anvils and leg vices and all the necessary hand tools and hammers. We start off with a brief health and safety chat to ensure we are all as safe and sound at the end of the day as we were when we started. Everything you make on the day is yours to take away. Accommodation is available for booking at the Old Pound Smithy website. Early booking is advised as accommodation is not exclusively reserved reserved for the blacksmithing courses.

What's included in the price?

All courses include materials. PPE will be provided but please wear sturdy shoes/boots and old clothes. No Fleeces or Sandals please. Refreshments are on a constant supply, but you will need to bring your lunch. Suitable for beginners.


1 day (10:00am to 5:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts



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  • Adults
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  • Teenagers
  • Accommodation offered
  • UK Holiday
  • Residential
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  • Parking provided
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  • Suitable for beginners
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Old Pound Smithy, Woolsery, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5QA