Axe Making



Axe Making

Your chance to forge & haft your very own hand axe! There are few things more satisfying than thrusting a lump of steel in to the flames and letting the sparks fly under your hammer as you craft your very own hatchet.

Learn how to work smith and striker to forge hot steel in small groups to forge a hand axe each.

This is an excellent course for groups and does require team work to move the metal where you want it to go.

The day is split in to three parts. Part one is forging out the axe, Part two is heat treating the axe to turn it in to a working tool, and part three is shaping and hafting (handeling) the axe. By the end of the day you have a fully working hand axe to take away with you.

For people who have done some forging befor try your hands at making something more tricky like a bearded axe.

This is also open to re-enactors who wish to make a blunt fighting axe.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All the tools, materials, P.P.E (safety glasses, hearing protection, apron, etc)

Free tea, coffee and Squash provided. But please bring your own packed lunch along.

You will need to wear work type clothes, no nylon or synthetics etc. – (Jeans and T shirt most appropriate expect sparks & flames)

Also safety boots are preferred other wise leather or walking boots are best, no open toed footwear is allowed in the forge for safety reasons.

Over 18's Only


William Holland at Phoenix Forge

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Mile End
SA31 3QL

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


8 hours (9:00am to 5:30pm)

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Nat - - #38076

A very fun and challenging course. Brilliant teacher who is good at explaining things and patient with attendees.

Pablo Gordillo - - #37997

Great experience with Will but wow my hands are so sore now from hammering!!
I would recommend this to anyone with an interested in blacksmithing and metal work.

St.John Stidolph - - #36576

This is heavy work, using a sledge hammer for some time, but nothing the reasonably fit can not do. The instruction was clear and all explanations and answers were answered in good detail. A good day with an excellent axe to take home at the end of it. I highly recommend this to all with a desire to try their hand at blacksmithing.

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