Our experience days are intense but fun days hosted in our well appointed workshop. You will learn the basics of traditional blacksmithing as well as modern techniques under the guidance of blacksmith and artist John Mallett in a course that lets you progress at your own pace.
A typical day will start with the necessary health and safety information, and introduction to the tools, equipment and different forges and how to use them correctly. Following this, you will discover the basics of forging with metal through experience, learning how to move and treat hot metal to get the results you are looking for. We will work through several different projects and you will forge a selection of basic items including keyrings, hooks, fire pokers, candle holders or bottle openers. Everything you make can be taken away. Experience days are suitable for complete beginners, but can also be somewhat tailored to your experience level if you have some previous experience. For custom courses please get in contact.
The day runs from 9am - 4pm with a break for lunch. Tea and coffee is provided, but please bring your own lunch. Please wear appropriate footwear (e.g. stout boots) and sensible workshop clothing. We will provide specific health & safety equipment where required. The day can be quite physical so please do get in contact before booking if you are concerned about your ability to take part.
Please also get in touch in advance if you have any specific accessibility needs.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Safety equipment, tea and coffee
7 hours (9:00am to 4:00pm)