Axe making course



Welcome to Highfield Forge School of blacksmithing, in this course you get the opportunity to create your very own Axe made in a traditional way under the expert eye of Artist Blacksmith/Bladesmith, Andy Smith.

The first Skill you will need to master is the forge weld, this will bond our low carbon and high carbon steel together so we can forge the Axe billet into shape, you will do this using a combination of a flypress and hammer and anvil until we achieve the desired shape. After that its a well earned rest to let your freshly forged Axe cool and normalize.

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, 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

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 you need to bring is your self, dressed in some clothes you are not bothered about getting dirty. Please, No Shorts.

All PPE is provided as well as tools needed.


Andy Smith at Highfield forge

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Addingford mills
Addingford lane
Horbury, Wakefield
West Yorkshire

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Father's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners


4 hours (10:00am to 2:00pm)

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M Taylor - - #39779

I had an excellent day on the axe making course. The group size was small so it was easy to ask questions - Andy has a wealth of knowledge and skill that he readily shared. Highly recommended and a great day out, thank you Andy!

Cara Pardoe - - #39777

Such an amazing day, each step of making the axe was explained, not rushed . Highly recommended and will book further workshops.

Tom - - #39650

Really good day, Andy is really knowledgeable. Got a nice axe at the end of it. Will definitely be booking some of his other courses.

Response from Highfield forge:

I so glad you injoyed your time at Highfield forge and looking forward to seeing you again

Fin - - #39214

I would highly recommend the axe-making course run by Andy. Great, clear instruction that makes it enjoyable even if going in with no prior experience. Having your own axe at the end is a great bonus too!

Katryn Chapman-Wyber - - #38824

Prezzie for hubby, he loved it!

Brian - - #38723

As a complete novice I was able to make an axe. Expert teaching (it had to be), I went from wondering if I would have to buy one on the way home to making my own working axe. Ace.
Do it.

Tom lodge - - #38357

Really fun and interesting learning the process of how an age is forged, every step of the process is explained clearly. To sum up it's just an extremely cool experience.

Adele Orr - - #37429

I bought this course as a Christmas gift for my partner and I'm so glad I did. He was over the moon with his day and his finished axe. Andy made him feel welcome and passed on lots of knowledge in this field (which is a massive positive for my partner). This course is fantastic value for money and would definitely recommend.

Pete Rickwood - - #37402

An amazing experience in a relaxed environment. You got to do all aspects of making an axe, but Andy explains as you go so dont feel left to own devices. Im hooked and will be back for certain.

Rachel Hale - - #37266

A fantastic workshop. Andy is a great tutor, really knowledgeable, friendly and keen to ensure you leave with a product you are happy with. Both myself and my Dad had a whale of a time.
I would definitely go do another course at Highfield Forge and recommend to anyone.

Carrick - - #36964

Fantastic day, and Andy was a brilliant teacher. Perfect pacing, excellent instruction, really good explanations of the 'why' as well as the 'how'. Thorough on the safety side without micromanaging or being over the top, and very happy to answer questions no matter how stupid they might seem! I thought at a couple of intervals I'd made a mess of the axe, but with some reassuring guidance it's actually turned out really nicely - definitely did, as the description text says, "go away with a very nice axe and a big smile on my face"

Paul D - - #36753

What a great way to spend the day… And an amazing Christmas present. Andy was a great host, explaining all the processes behind making the axe, what to look for and how to get the best out of the material and tools. No rushing through anything and making sure everyone was safe along the way. Really interesting day and would heartily recommend having a go. Looking forward to giving it a go… and thinking what to head to Andy’s forge to make next.

Steph Reed - - #36483

Loads of thrills had with Andy in the forge this Sunday. Lots of hands on use of various dangerous tools and materials. Brilliant. Came away with a complete axe ready for my wood chopping needs. Nice guy to spend some time with, highly recommend.

Response from Highfield forge:

Thank you for the kind words, but there are no dangerous tools in my forge. There are potentially dangerous ways to use them😁

Sean Lumby - - #33641

Throughly enjoyed it, would recommend this to anybody either as an experience for themselves or an amazing gift for somebody else 👍

Shah - - #33391

It was a brilliant experience at Highfield Forge, Andy was welcoming, friendly and knowledgable. He and Dave gave clear guidance, instructions and support without doing it for you; really made you feel accomplished. Forged an axe that I've already used to chop logs for the fire. Highly recommend the experience.

Mark - - #33060

Excellent course, With Andys' brilliant tuition I am not sure you can fail. Each step clearly explained and demonstrated. Ended up with a really good axe, not perfect, but I am a beginner.

Andy K - - #32720

Really enjoyed my dad at the forge. Andy was a really good instructor; explained what was happening at each stage, nice clear instructions then left you to have a try for yourself. Really pleased with how the axe turned out 🪓

jessica chambers - - #32688

My husband just finished his axe today with Andy and it came out perfect. The teaching was very hands on and we enjoyed every second. Andy is super friendly making the experience worth while. We look forward to coming back soon to make something else!

Paul Rumble - - #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.

Stu - - #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.

Adrian Rees - - #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!

Glen Widdowson - - #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.

Ric Lea - - #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.

James Davies - - #14627

Had an awesome time and Andy is a great teacher.

Really proud of my axe!

Gareth Thomas Roberts - - #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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