In this class, you will learn how to make either a hatchet or a hammer. You will learn how to punch holes in high carbon steel, drift the holes to shape an eye, spread the material around the eye to form decorative lugs, fuller bar to shape, forge steel to shape, harden, temper and polish steel, and carve the kerf to fit a handle to your axe/hammer/other tool! You will forge all morning, then after a brief lunch break learn how to grind tools to their final shape using both larger workshop equipment and portable equipment. We then cover the heat treatment of tool heats before polishing, and end the day fitting a handle to your work. If you have a specific type of axe or hammer that you would like to make, please get in touch ahead of time to discuss designs.

What's included in the price?

A full day of blacksmithing, forging your tool and learning about the history of blacksmithing. We have lots of tea, coffee, squash and biscuits for all. You will need: A packed lunch Sturdy footware and sensible clothing


1 day

Cancellation policy

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



Hammer and Hound Forge

with Craft Courses since 2023

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Hammer and Hound Forge is a traditional blacksmith's workshop in Blyth, Northumberland, Uk owned by award winning blacksmith Alex Sowden, who you might have seen before on Sky Arts' "The Prince's Master Crafters", or BBC1's "Make It At Market". We offer a variety of experiences in metalwork for all skill levels, including tuition in welding and fabrication, forging damascus steel, jewellery techniques and much more! We produce kits of hand forged woodworking supplies, as well as tools for other crafts, though our stock is often forged on commission. We also take on larger work, such as forging gates and railings, overthrows, staircases and all variety of ironwork. If you have any questions for us, please get in touch!

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Parking provided
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Christmas
  • Stag dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Father's Day
  • Hen dos
  • UK Holiday
  • Corporate days out & team building
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our minimum age for participation is 11 years old.

Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Parents and guardians don't have to take part but must wear workshop-sensible clothing and footwear just the same. You can learn more about this in out FAQ: "What Should I Wear?"

All of our courses are open to beginners to join.

We do recommend that beginners start forging with our beginners day classes.
This covers the basics of working at an anvil, and the essential techniques in forging.
We have found that people with a bit of history with a forge will get more out of more product oriented courses like axe forging or Damascus steel making.

Having forging experience isn't a hard requirement for our courses, but you will get more out of the more advanced classes if you have a bit of prior experience to build on.

Forging is immense fun, and very satisfying, but does involve lots of sparks and fire.

To this end, you will want to wear "workshop chic". You will need sturdy footwear. Walking boots, Steel toe caps and anything hardy is encourages. Flip flops and heels are unwise. Trainers are discouraged.

Clothing wants to be natural fibres, jeans and cotton T shirts/jumpers are brilliant. You dont want to wear anything with lots of tassels or frays as they can get caught in machines. The biggest thing to avoid are fully plastic clothing EG tracksuit wear, or superdry coats.

Long hair or long beards will need to be tied back or tucked out the way.

Long sleeves are strongly recommended.

During the summer it can get very warm, but we still recommend long sleeves.

During winter, please bring lots of layers! Better to get warm and take a jumper off!

if your clothing is deemed dangerous we will have to ask you to change. If you have any questions please get in touch

You will need to bring a packed lunch, and sensible footwear.

There is a McDonalds and Greggs 2 minutes walk away, an Asda, Aldi, Lidl and KFC within 5 minutes drive should you wish to nip out or order food in.

We have lots of tea, Coffee, Squash and biscuits for all participants to enjoy.

You are welcome to bring your own PPE, such as gloves, eye protection, ear protection and overalls if you prefer using your own.
Likewise, you are welcome to bring your own tools such as hammers, tongs etc, but we will need to check them over to make sure they are safe to use.


Unit 27, Grasmere Way, Blyth Riverside Business Park, BLYTH, Northumberland, NE24 4RR