Blacksmith Experience Day
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About the Course
A Blacksmithing Experience Day at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet in Sheffield.
I have been running this course for a year or so now, and it is designed as an introduction to the wonderful craft of Blacksmithing for those with no prior experience. It takes place in my 200 year old forge at the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet Museum in Sheffield.
You will learn fire and hammer control, as well as a number of traditional blacksmithing techniques such as drawing out, bending, twisting, punching and hot cutting. You will be guaranteed to take home at least one finished article (typically a hook, poker, toasting fork etc.), made by you, in a traditional Blacksmith's forge.
Your tutor will be the resident Blacksmith, David Southgate, who has studied the craft at Cold Hanworth forge in Lincolnshire, and received a Diploma from the National School of Blacksmithing in Hereford.
The course is open to all aged 16+ who can swing a hammer... I can cater for one or two people, please get in touch with any specific requirements.
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?
Steel, coke for the forge, use of all tools, aprons, gloves and safety glasses is included in the price.
I also provide tea or coffee and biscuits (including jaffa cakes if you are lucky!) I don't provide lunch, but the museum has a cafe on site which does toasties, sandwiches, cake coffee etc. Or you can bring a packed lunch.
You will need to wear sturdy shoes or boots and natural fibre clothing (not nylon) with long trousers (jeans are fine). A hat and several layers is a good idea too. Forges are not as hot as people expect, especially in winter!