Basic blacksmithing or Knife making at Bearded pig Forge
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About the Course
A basic blacksmithing or knife making course is a great way to learn about the beautiful craft of blacksmithing.
This course focuses on making something for you to take home with you whether that be a practical knife or something more decorative for your home or garden.
The course is based in Quex park in Birchington in a large and spacious workshop, during the course you will learn how to use a traditional coke forge as well as using more modern tools such as belt grinders.
Over 18s only.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
You will need to bring appropriate non flammable clothing and footwear, no open toed shoes.
I provide all tools and safety equipment but if you have your own you are welcome to bring them.
We will stop for lunch which is provided, please let me know any dietary requirements beforehand. Tea and coffee and drinks are also available all day.
All materials are included.
Spike is an excellent teacher who also knows lots of little Storys and bits of Information around blacksmithing to fill the waiting time while the steel is heating up. I had a lot of fun and actually already went back for another day.
Jannis Stracke - - #17378
Highly recommend. Spike great teacher loads of knowledge and untold amounts of patience if like me never done anything close to blacksmithing. Any way stop reading my review book your course and find out for your self.\m/
James - - #16953
Completed a one day blade course. Spike is engaging and clearly enthusiastic about his work. He spent time in discussing all aspects of the work we were doing, from safety aspects, management of the forge and in working the metal itself. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and can’t recommend it highly recommend enough!
Looking forward to going again!👍
Nigel East - - #16751
What a great day!
Spike is very knowledgeable and passionate about blacksmithing and it shows in how he talks about what you're doing and why you're doing it. A great learning experience, I highly recommend and am planning on doing more of his courses in the future.
Danny King-Smith - - #16747
Just completed 2 days knife making course with Spike. What an absolutely awesome experience. Spike guides at every step of the process, explaining and demonstrating techniques on scrap metal so that your piece is entirely your own work. Spikes teaching style is calm collected and encouraging. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the history of his craft as well as the techniques and skills involved. I felt reassured and gained confidence quickly . And produced a gorgeous Damascus (pre-made pattern welded steel) Kriss Athame dagger. I thought perhaps i was asking too much when i first enquired about making one, however, Spikes tuition meant i was able to achieve everything i wanted in the knife in good time. I highly recommend his course and teaching and i fully expect to be booking again in the future.
Vicky Lockwood - - #16712
My husband and I did a one day course on Saturday to make a knife each. Spike was fantastic - clearly passionate and a fantastic teacher! We left very happy and very tired. Would definitely recommend for anyone interested in forging.
Alice Milner-Watt - - #16347
Just completed my second course with Spike. First time made a quiver stand, today have come home with a very splendid knife. I have learnt so much in these three days and wholeheartedly recommend these courses to anyone with an interest in the craft of the blacksmith. Spike has a real passion for his craft and is skilled at sharing his knowledge. Very educational, very enjoyable.
George Hirst - - #15920
This is a brilliant experience that i would highly recommend to anyone interested in blacksmithing, Spike is a brilliant tutor that explains every step clearly both verbally and practically.
He is a genuinely nice bloke who is knowledgeable in his craft.
I am definitely going to be booking another course with him.
Luke Cross - - #15552
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Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
- Suitable for beginners
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