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Axe making course


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Courses are starting again so I am now taking bookings. There will be covid-19 guidelines that will have to be followed but due to the unstable nature of the situation I will brief you of these upon arrival.
Your safety is our main concern and every step will be made to insure you have a safe and enjoyable experience at Highfield forge.
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Here is your opportunity to make an axe from a folded piece of mild steel with a forge welded high carbon steel core. This blacksmithing course is held in a fully working forge in Horbury Wakefield.

I will take you through the Forge welding process step by step using a traditional coal forge. The axe will then be formed into shape using a combination of a fly press and hammer and anvil, once we have the axe formed, it's on to drifting the eye to accept the handle, with that all done, it's a well earned rest as your axe head cools.

Once cooled the axe will need to go to the grinder to refine the shape before we go through the heat treatment process, after that we give it a final clean up add the handle then sharpen.

All my courses take place in my workshop which is a working forge (I do this every day) my courses are run every weekend and I am always happy to answer any questions you have.

The axe in the picture was made by a student and a good example of what you will make.

You will go away with a very nice axe and a big smile on your face. Your must be 18 or over to attend this course if you look under 25 you will need I.D

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All you need to bring is your self, dressed in some clothes you are not bothered about getting dirty. Please, no shorts. I have tea and coffee but a bottle of water is advisable.

All PPE is provided as well as tools needed.


Andy Smith at Highfield forge
Addingford mills
Addingford lane
Horbury, Wakefield
West Yorkshire
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In-person course
- - #27099

We had an excellent day making axes. Andy was very friendly and a skilled instructor, as we had never even been in a forge before and still ended up with 3 good looking axes.

In-person course
- - #19998

The axe making course was a great experience, the guys at the forge were friendly and made it easy to understand what to do. They explained things clearly and made sure you knew how to stay safe in the forge. They let you get on with it but always kept an eye on you and only intervened if things were going a bit wrong to make sure you had something to take home at the end of the day. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

In-person course
- - #17998

Had such a great time throughout the day, which went by so fast. Andy and Dave clearly love what they do and get their enthusiasm across really well, so that even mechanically declined idiots like me can take something home which gives a sense of true satisfaction at having made something functional as well as looking “very axe-y” :-) Great fun getting hot, sweaty and the full on sooty face. Have a go, you’ll love it!

In-person course
- - #16271

Yesterday had a great day at Highfield Forge Wakefield on an Axe making course tutored by Andy . We started off with two pieces of flat iron bar ,which were heated up to over 1000 degree C in the gas forge with the carbon steel core being sandwiched between two outer layers of red hot metal and then beaten into shape with a hammer after repeated heating in forge .Plenty of hands on stuff also including grinding with belt sander. to finish up with a shiny sharpened Axe head with an Oak shaft .Very pleased with end result and thinking of displaying above my mantle piece but my wife thinks it's rightful place is in my garage on the tool rack. !!! .It was a great birthday present and would recommend it to any one who likes to get stuck in to metal working . Andy was a very helpful instructor and cup of tea maker ! So all the best Andy and continued success at Highfield forge in the future . Cheers Glen Widdowson.

In-person course
- - #16150

The course was fantastic. Andy was great at teaching the basic techniques as well as really clearly explaining as much technical detail as you'd like. The axe i came away with looks awesome, and it was a really great day all round. Ive done blacksmithing courses in the past and this one was by far the best.

In-person course
- - #14627

Had an awesome time and Andy is a great teacher.

Really proud of my axe!

In-person course
- - #10254

Had a phenomenal day doing the axe making course that Andy offers. Andy was helpful, informative and most of all patient throughout the entire process. He made the entire process and enjoyable experience and was supportive throughout the whole time I was there. The most important thing I found was the emphasis Andy had on the enjoyment of the process and it very much came across in how engaging he was when making the axe. Thanks for an awesome day Andy!

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