Course Provider: Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Cycle Cafe
Contact Name: Annie Swarbrick
Telephone: 01768 483984
Greystoke Cycle Cafe
Course Length: One day
5 star rating, 2 reviewers.
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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:
Candlesticks - Dragon Hooks - Ramshead Firepokers chestnut roasters/ toasting fork
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.
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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 Greystoke Cycle Cafe 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 Cycle Cafe Tea 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.
There are some limited places at £55 for accompanied 16 - 21 yr olds. These days are suitable for all abilities but not for those with back problems. Minimum age is strictly 16 years for insurance purposes and in addition stamina is required throughout the day!
John R -
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