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Blacksmith for a day in the Yorkshire Dales

A glorious day so lunch was taken outside

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Blacksmithing for beginners course with Adrian Wood

Tutor Adrian Wood leads workshops in Blacksmithing in many venues across the north of the country. His courses are always popular and fill up very quickly. He works on decorative blacksmithing commissions for many clients in his own forge at Hornby, Teeside when he's not teaching others.

You will need to wear layers of old clothing as it can be hot work and sensible shoes (not plastic). Safety glasses will be provided along with a thick apron. Mobile forges and anvils are set up so everyone can work together.

The course is suitable for beginners or those with a little experience and is a full day course including lunch and refreshments.

You will learn about the craft of the blacksmith, how to work safely with hot metals and tools and create several items to take home at the end of the day.

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What's included in the price?

Price includes materials and lunch.


Rachel Benson at Broadrake Barn
Chapel Le Dale
Carnforth, Yorkshire Dales
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7 hours (9:45am to 4:30pm)

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In-person course
- - #30985

I have wanted to learn blacksmithing for years and my wife bought me this experience day for my birthday. It was one of the best days I've had, I loved every minute of it. The venue was beautiful, the food was lovely and the tutors were fantastic. I enjoyed it so much that it inspired me to set up my own little forge at home.

Thank you for an amazing day!

James Fellows

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- - #30729

Brilliant course, the instructors are friendly and knowledgeable, as others have said the course is a curled keyring and a dragon coat hook. The course is set in beautiful surroundings overlooking the Ribble Viaduct. The hosts Rachel and Mike were also top notch, making sure we were fed with homemade lasagne, biscuits and cakes (plenty of tea and coffee too). Highly recommended! Wear old clothes, decent comfortable shoes (not trainers) and if you're going in winter or a chilly day, dress up with layers.

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- - #29509

What an excellent day!
I've always wanted to try my hand at blacksmithing and this course certainly did not disappoint.
We made a key ring and a dragon coat hook.
Andy and Adrian were excellent teachers, very patient and knowledgeable
Plenty of tea & biscuits provided during the day and the meal at lunch time was superb.
The setting of the bunk barn is also excellent, lovely views over Ribblehead viaduct.
Would highly recommend! :)

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- - #29330

The location is gorgeous, the food was delicious, the staff were welcoming, and the course was brillliant. I couldn't recommend it enough!

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- - #29310

The last time I got hands on was back in the seventies, CSE metalwork class at school, thank you for an interesting and excellent day, good company, hospitality , food, oh and the memories of youth!

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- - #29304

Brilliant day. Great instruction and instructors. Superb lunch.
Thoroughly recommend the day.

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- - #20754

I was bought the experience as a Christmas presant, really fun and enjoyable, great instructors and fab food, at the lunch break, a good social experience to. Opportunities to take a weekend in the Yorkshire dales with the borders of Kendal not far. Would deffo recommend!

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- - #16527

A fantastic day! Great fun, company, tuition and food. Thank you so much for a taste of the blacksmith’s life.

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- - #8222

A very enjoyable and instructive time - great location at Broadrake in beautiful surroundings, friendly hosts Mike and Rachel supplying lashings of good food and continuous tea, coffee and home-made biscuits. Expertly tutored with all the gear and help you need for a productive day with hammer and tongs!

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- - #5851

Really good. Given that the things you would make are worth about 60 quid if you bought them, that means the food (there is loads) and tuition is only £40. Excellent value for money and a really great day.

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- - #4548

A fantastic day in the most beautiful location! After a day of help and encouragement, spurred on with tea breaks and homemade goodies we left with a real sense of achievement (and a son who now wants a forge at home!) This come highly recommended!

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- - #3385

Marvellous surroundings a very interesting course .we were able to make key rings then dragon hangers in the full day course.wonderful food was provided to keep us sustained which we enjoyed looking out across to ribble head viaduct .new friends were made.great day 10 out 10 .

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- - #3380

A really great experiance, I enjoyed the course and did far more than I expected. We were tutored and looked after wonderfully. The food was exceptionally good. Thank you for a really great experience which I hope to repeat again in the future. I would recommend this to all.

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- - #3278

Adrian and Andy were very patient and made great teachers. A really enjoyable day , a great lunch and a fabulous view. What better day is there?

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- - #2368

I would recommend this course to anybody. The makes were not too difficult but did stretch our skills. Adrian (and his beautiful assistant, Andy) was easy going and had time for us all. We worked at our own pace, no pressure to rush. I was really pleased with my makes and the family were very impressed. The food was home made, plentiful and tasty. Rachel and Mike were very hospitable sharing their home with us for the day. Thanks to everyone for making this such an enjoyable day.

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- - #2345

What a fantastic day! despite finding the black smithing really difficult I came home with a key ring, a dragon that looks like a dragon and a lovely twisted hook. Thank you so much Adrian and Andy for your patience!
The setting was beautiful and the food delicious, Rachel and Mike were the perfect hosts and my course mates friendly and helpful; the whole day exceeded my expectations.

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- - #2344

A great day. I had always wanted to try my hand at blacksmithing, and Adrian (helped by Andy) showed us all what to do and how to do it. Some things seemed easier than I had expected, but others required patience and tweaking to get the desired results. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and were happy to help each other. There was a plentful supply of cookies, biscuits and cake washed down with copious brews, and lunch was plentiful and delicious. Many thanks to Rachel and Mike who made us all feel so welcome to their lovely home Broadrakes - which enjoys fabulous views of Ingleborough and the historic Ribblehead Viaduct. Definitely not an experience to be missed.

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- - #2341

The Blacksmith course was a great experience which I was given as a 16th birthday present. I already have an interest in blacksmithing/metal working and I thought it was a nice surprise.
Adrian took us through all the steps for making three items and offered lot's of advice and help, both for on the day and in the future when I do any blacksmithing at home. Altogether it was a great day and I would strongly recommend it to the experienced or inexperienced.
Rachel and Mike were wonderful hosts and provided some lovely homemade food and hospitality which was very much appreciated.
Thanks to you all for a great day.

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- - #1457

Me (aged 15) and my Grandad attended the course last February and it was great! We got to create 3 items (each) which turned out really well considering it was the first time Grandad and I worked with metal, so Adrian's tutoring must have been very good. Which it was. Me and my Grandad truly enjoyed the experience and the hospitality was great, and for the price it was, we got more than ours monies worth. We do recommend going on this day course as you will not regret it and you will learn lots of skills which are very useful, especially if you want to do Blacksmithing in the future.

In-person course
- - #1330

Thanks to Mike and Rachel for organising such a great course.

I made a key ring and dragon hook and two leaf hooks on this brilliant day; the hooks are up in the garden shed being put to good use, and my key ring is used for my bike lock key.

Adrian and his mates were very encouraging and worked with each of us to hone our blacksmithing skills. I was amazed at their patience (and humour) as we tried to craft a piece of steel into something that resembled a leaf!! I went away very satisfied and proud of my creations, and now have a stronger bicep.

Definitely want to go again.

In-person course
- - #1329

An excellent day. Very satisfying to turn a flat piece of steel into something. The tutors are really helpful, friendly and go at the pace of the group. Just the right amount of input, letting you get on by yourself and helping out when your hammering arm is getting tired! The hooks you make are actually quite useful too. The views across the Ribble Valley from the barn are fantastic so you can take a break from hammering and enjoy the scenery. The food is all homemade and delicious. All in all a great day.

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