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Anvil Forge Blacksmith Experience Day

Anvil Forge Blacksmith Experience Day

Course Provider: Anvil Forge

Contact Name: John Loveluck

Telephone: 07986997805

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Address:
the forge
blackcroft farm
wokingham
reading
berkshire
rg71uj

Course Length: 1 day

Price: £160

5 star rating, 20 reviewers.

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Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

Description:

Blacksmith Experience Days, the original 'day in the life of a blacksmith' course at Anvil Forge, based on 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 Forge is a small Blacksmithing and Metalwork company, established by John Loveluck and family-run. We specialise in bespoke metalwork which include gates, railings and sculptural pieces. John has over 40 years’ experience of creating artistic metalwork.

In 2015 John and his team were commissioned to produce the feature metalwork for the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s garden at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, which won a gold medal as well as the best in category.

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.

Included in the price is a cooked lunch in a local pub (including a complimentary pint or glass of wine!). Teas, coffee and refreshments are on a constant supply.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we shall endeavour to meet them.

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.


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We had an excellent day with John and the team. Their expertise and enthusiasm drove the day and our varied projects forward. We all finished the day tired, with aching arms, dirty faces and big smiles. We will definitely be making a return visit.

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Cracking course - great, helpful staff, excellent equipment well worth it. If you're considering buying some handmade, why not save some money and get the satisfaction of doing it yourself on this course?

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My wife and I attended a Saturday "Blacksmith experience day" which she paid for as a gift for my 65th birthday. The course was great fun and very creative, we both made a poker to start with and then collaborated on a garden sculpture which was finished by five p.m. and we took it home finished due to all the help from John and his team of Spencer and Olly. It was a hot day but refreshments were provided and lunchtime meant a visit to a local pub for a drink and a meal (all included). The premises are a genuine working environment that works all week on commercial projects and gives courses when appropriate. If you are interested I cannot recommend this highly enough.

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Had a fantastic day getting back in contact with my metal working side. John and his team were great tutors and to some extent evil geniuses. My longbow stand turned into a long-sword much to the jealousy of my son. Well, <<could>> stand two bows against it if you wanted – bonus ! A whit filled day where you become a real black-smith (shower for about 45 mins to just be a smith!).

Excellent fun – plan to come back with son in tow. Thanks for a great day !

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I was not sure what to expect as I parked outside Anvil Forge on Saturday morning . Within 20 minutes, after a safety talk and demonstration, we were straight into heating , hammering and bending metal to construct a poker.
John and his team challenged our project ideas for the afternoon session, encouraging us to try new skills and equipment, while at the same time developing the skills experienced earlier that morning. We were given the opportunity to work by ourselves, yet help and advice were close at hand when required.
Have a look at the photos of projects completed by people who have attended this fantastic course so that you can have an idea as to what you want to achieve by the end of the day. Think big- John and his team will help you achieve it.

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Very enjoyable day creating with expert guidance by John and Spencer. I love my pig and he has pride of place on the fireplace.

If you're looking for something different to do then give this a go. You won't be disappointed!

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As a retired Chartered Engineer I found this course very interesting and informative. The course leader, John, was extremely competent in teaching the techniques, helpful with ideas for projects and his enthusiasm was infectious. At the end of the day all course members felt they had achieved something worthwhile having had a very interesting and productive introduction to this ancient craft,
I have recommended this course to many friends.

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My husband and I had a great day at Anvil Forge and were spoilt by our 1:1 tuition from John and Spencer. We were given clear instruction and guidance yet afforded the opportunity to fully construct our pieces ourselves. In addition to the satisfaction provided by hammering hot metal, we also tried our hand at welding too.
Despite my comments at the start of the day that I am not very creative, I was thrilled with my bullrushes garden ornament. I foresee another visit to Anvil Forge in the future.

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I attended a course at the Anvil Forge with my son and two my colleagues. We had a fabulous day. John and his partner were fabulous. They have an engaging style and the skills of true craftsmen. We learned a lot, had a fabulous experience and laughed a lot. We had a great pub lunch and came away really proud of the practical things we had made. We were so impressed by what John and his colleagues can do that my wife commissioned him to make her a Christmas Sleigh and my son had him complete a companion set for his new home. We definitely plan to go back again.

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Having no previous experience of metalworking, I was looking forward to John's course but uncertain what to expect. I needn't have worried - we were well looked after by John and his team, given access to all manner of tools and techniques through the day, and thoroughly enjoyed whole thing! There's something fundamentally satisfying about hammering the hell out of glowing steel on an anvil, and transforming an intangible idea into something solid. Try it !

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if you're looking for a fun day with a difference, then a day learning some of the ancient skills of blacksmithing at the Anvil Forge is a must. What a fantastic day; we left with a real sense of achievement, a great understanding of the art and science of smithing and a finished project to be proud of. John runs the day with a very relaxed, informal style - he has a wealth and depth of knowledge that he readily shares and he's great with all ages. My teenage daughters loved the day, thought that John was a superb teacher and want to go back for more!

I'd recommend the day to anyone who's looking for a very creative, unusual and satisfying activity; be prepared for some hard work, a 5lot of smiles and a great sense of satisfaction at the end of the day.

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My daughter and I had a fantastic day and we came home really feeling we had achieved something. The atmosphere was very friendly and relaxed, which helped me feel less worried about my lack of creative talent, so that, with the expertise and excellent support of all the team, I managed to come home with some garden ornaments which have surprised and impressed everyone I have shown them to. I would recommend this course to anyone, but with one word of warning - you may, like me, get the bug and want to do more!

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I organised this course as a surprise birthday present for my Brother. John and team were utterly brilliant, and it was not only great fun, but we both learnt a lot and met some interesting people. The day is well run with lots of practical work, and we had really close tuition and advice, with one of John’s team between two of us. I loved the flexibility, with everyone working on different and personal projects, and it was great not only to have learnt a new skill, but to have something at the end to take home. Would strongly recommend signing up!

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A great day - I still proudly display the poker in our lounge and have the sculpture I made in our garden. I was delighted and surprised by what I achieved in a single day and thanks go to John and his team for making the day so memorable and productive!
I am not hands on and making things has not been a great success for me in the past - all that has changed!
Great value for money and a wonderful new experience - go!!
I normally flag by late afternoon - but not here on this day!

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I thoroughly enjoyed my day being a blacksmith and learning some basic techniques. It was tiring as its quite physical but very rewarding. I came away with 2 large pieces which I am very proud of. John and his team are great teachers and incredibly helpful. I would recommend it to anyone interested in doing something a bit different.

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The course was well paced. Starting in the morning with a simple task (poker) that got all the attendees warmed up and on a similar level. Mid morning we started on the more complex project piece. Assisted by John and the team throughout. At a suitable point we broke for lunch and a chance to discuss the project piece and question john on his smithing experience. Back to the forge we continued to work on our individual pieces. The course completed late afternoon, everyone had finished their project. With Johns assistance and finesse we each had a piece of work to be pleased with. Great day with enjoyable company.

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