Course Start Dates
About the Course
Our full year of 100+ set workshop dates are on our website (purple tab above) along with availability and how to book.
Next year’s extensive programme of Quirky Workshops has launched; courses are fill quickly as they make popular Christmas gifts. To be amongst the first to receive the new dates, please use the ‘Keep me Posted’ icon, at the top RHS of our website page. Thank you and Happy Crafting!
About the workshop:
Take artistic blacksmith Adrian Wood arriving with his apprentice Lee from Cleveland equipped with 4 portable blacksmithing furnaces, 8 anvils and many tools and you have the ingredients for a perfect blacksmithing day...
Our Blacksmith for a day courses run throughout the year Ramshead Firepokers or Sculptural garden flowers. Please see our website for which course runs on which date.
Adrian and his able apprentice will arrive early to set up his mobile forges for 8 people on the Cafe driveway. Fresh coffee and home made biscuits will be waiting as a welcome drinks and then, after a safety talk and with furnaces lit, Adrian will explain basic principles, the colours of hot metals, malleability, temperatures and the importance of getting just the right temperature for the right task.
The group will then start with creating a point on the piece of metal, quickly moving onto curves, bends and scrolls, punching, spreading and splitting. Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel.
The day is fully hands on and as well as learning the basic principles of blacksmithing, you will make up to three items to take home with you.
Techniques for tapering, hole punching, splitting and riveting will be covered.
Adrian Wood is a university graduate with a degree in fine art sculpture from The University of London. A chance visit to a forge gave Adrian Wood his first taste of blacksmithing. He recalls; ”From the first moment I hit the hot steel I knew what I wanted to do.” Adrian successfully completed his training at a blacksmiths forge in York, after which he worked for Brian Russell, widely regarded as one of the finest blacksmiths in the UK. Brian's approach and processes to creating bespoke and uniquely designed metalwork has an enormous effect on the sculptures and designs created by Adrian Wood Artist Blacksmiths.
Even as a beginner under Adrian's watchful eye you should be able to make these pieces to take home, proudly display and of course, put to use!
Classes take place under cover outside. Please wear old clothing, sensible shoes, preferably leather (plastic trainers can melt) strong gloves and do bring a heavy duty apron if you wish (canvas/leather) however this is hot work and in doing so you are adding to your layers.
A unique opportunity for a really full-on day experience.
If you wish to receive infrequent information on availability or updates, to be added to our database please use the 'Stay in Touch' icon at the top of each web page on our website (link above). Many of our early courses get booked up for Christmas presents.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials are included in the price.
Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served in our farmhouse kitchen or outside in the Tea Garden as soon as it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).
Our days are considered real treats - many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.
We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 from our friendly family run Craft Garden on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.
What a fantastic day! Poker much admired and has a perfect home. Thank you all, will be back! Annie, a special thank you for a delicious and sustaining lunch….. couldn't think of a nicer way to cheer up an unpromising November day. All the best Robert
Robert - - #26569
An excellent day in the blacksmith artis workshop with Adrian & Andy, with friendly people, being taught traditional skills to produce something worth while to taking home to be proud of... a well set out Sculptured course building up techniques and confidence through out the day, and to top it off we where we’ll looked after and fed with delicious food home cooked by Debbie couldn’t of asked for more.
Would I recommend this course YES
Would I buy this course as a gift YES
Would I come back YES YES YES
Elaine - - #16063
Came on the Rams Head Poker course, really good instructors, very helpful and took time to explain everything. Very hands on course, loved it, lunch was amazing! Lovely day all round.
Lesley H - - #14043
Enjoyable experience, relaxed atmosphere and good support from experts.
Mike F - - #14042
Relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Excellent tuition and patience for which I am grateful. Food great, nice that it is all vegetarian.
Andrew C - - #14041
Really enjoyable day. Well worth the money and traveling. Interesting and interactive. Everybody friendly and great crack. Amazing food and drink.
John M - - #14040
Great day. Interesting and well worth the money. Another value. Nice food again.
Malcolm D - - #14039
Great practical course. Well instructed, with nice end product to take home.
Chris W - - #10924
Loved it! So interesting and really helpful and friendly. We are hooked !!!
Iona & Heather P - - #10923
Fab, rally need more muscles.
Gill L - - #10922
Thanks very much for the Blacksmith workshops yesterday - I really enjoyed it! Also lunch and afternoon tea were excellent.
MHT - - #9772
Thanks for a fantastic day, I had a great time and loved both the hospitality and the course. The course was perfect as an introduction to blacksmithing and I'm really happy with the dragon. Dont worry Adrian i think I'm a long way off setting up my own forge!
I'll definitely be back for more in the future.
John R - - #9204
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