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A creative approach to blacksmithing

This course has past its finish date but this page will remain available until 17th November 2019.

Duration: 2 days (1 weekend)

Price: £267.83

Book with: Lizzie Hughes
at Urban Crafts Foundation

Manor Road
Lambourne End

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About the Course

On this course you will learn:

How to transform the shape of steel using heat and blacksmithing techniques.

On day 1 you will be introduced to the tools used by blacksmiths and use them to learn techniques that will allow you to manipulate hot metal into different shapes. By the end of the day you will have a good understanding of the forms that blacksmithing can produce and how to acheive them.

Throughout the day we will look at the different approaches needed to work with flat, round and square steel stock. You will try hammering, bending, twisting, spreading, punching and chiselling metal.

On day 2 you will be able to work at your own pace under our guidance to develop the processes you learnt on day 1. You will have the opportunity to produce an object of your own design or work on one or our suggested projects.


What will I make on the course?
By the end of day 1 you will have made series of small functional objects that lend themselves to learning blacksmithing techniques. They might include hooks, candlesticks or toasting forks. On day 2 you will be able to work on your own project, this could be anything from a small sculpture to a fire poker.

Who is the course suitable for?
The course is suitable for complete beginners who have never tried blacksmithing before or for people who would like to brush up on their skills.

What is included?
All materials are included in the course fee. Personal protective equipment is also provided and must be worn at all times. We will provide tea and coffee throughout the day.

What should I wear?
It is essential that you wear old clothes made of natural fibres i.e. not made of a flammable material such as polyester. You must wear sturdy shoes that cover your whole foot (if you are wearing sandals you will not be allowed to participate in the course).

What should I bring?
You might want to bring a note book and drawings or photographs of something you might like to try to make (please be realistic!). Most importantly you will need to bring a packed lunch. Please be aware that there are no cafes or shops within walking distance of the forge.

Age requirements
The minimum age for this class is 17 however we love working with young people and if you are the parent or guardian of someone younger than 17 who would like to join us for a class please contact us to discuss your needs.

Can I make a knife or blade on the course?
No, this is not a bladesmithing course and we will not be covering special techniques such as tempering and grinding needed to make a blade. However, if you are interested in bladesmithing an introductory course to blacksmithing is a good place to start.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials and personal protective equipment is provided. We will provide tea and coffee but you will need to bring any other refreshments you think you might need.

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 3rd November 2019

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends

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