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Blacksmithing Beginners


About the Course

This one day course will introduce you to the basics of Blacksmithing and hand forge work.

Starting with fire control and hand hammer work, you will learn carbon steel forging and make small objects such as a poker or hook, you will leave with an authentically hand forged object.

Forges are hot and can be noisy- eye & ear protection will be provided and please wear solid boots and clothes suitable for working in (made of natural fibres). Forges can be smoky, if you have any respiratory ailments please bear this in mind.

Participants must be fit and agile enough to stand all day by the forges, wield a hammer multiple times and be outside in the weather at this time of year.

Please let us know if you have any specific requirements or needs. Please email for T&C'S. All courses are for 18 years and above.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials and tool use are provided for you on the day.
Refreshments and biscuits throughout the course.
Please bring a packed lunch, notebook and pen. PPE is available where applicable.
Cafe on site doing light lunches Thursday-Sunday.

All green woodworking courses are based outside. Most other courses inside based but bring clothing/footwear/sunscreen etc. suitable to working outdoors in the season you attend.

*Due to Covid-19 we have taken the unfortunate decision to suspend some of our courses. As the situation changes we will suspend / re-introduce courses as applicable.

Anyone currently booked onto a course in March or April which we are re-scheduling will have priority booking on a re-arranged course or be issued with a 12 month voucher.

At present we are still taking bookings for courses later in the year and our June-Dec programme will be online shortly. Any questions related to courses please contact us.

Please note we are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our phone system and cannot accept any incoming calls- for assistance please message us using the 'Contact' link above.


Niki and Rachel at Ecclesall Woods Craft Courses
J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre
Ecclesall Woods
Abbey Lane, Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S7 2QZ
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Suitable for

  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users

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9.30am - 4pm

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In-person course
- - #20350

Really great day, knowledgeable and friendly instructors, everything was easy to follow and I felt really confident by the end of the day in what I was doing.

Only downside was that it ended!

Had a blast and wouldnt hesitate to do it again!

In-person course
- - #20349

Good team of guys, with lots of valueble info . Enjoyabe day. The weather was kind.

In-person course
- - #18174

This was a brilliant day! My husband and I booked it as something fun to do for a one-off, but we're already thinking about when we can come back. The instructors were clearly super-knowledgable and explained everything in a really easy to follow way. By lunchtime we'd already each made a really professional-looking hook, which was great. I'd recommend this to anyone - the course does cost a fair bit, but it's *really* worth it!

In-person course
- - #11030

Booked this course as a birthday present for my son.
Beware you may become addicted.
He couldn't praise the day enough, in fact, it was hard to tear him away and he was very happy with his hook and poker. I am sure another course will be on his Christmas list as he has already been pricing up forges!

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- - #10987

Great day. Recommend to anyone. Both Tim and Phil were very informative and skilled. Felt well looked after and great value.

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- - #10982

We had great fun on this course and would highly recommend it. Very well run by Tim and Phil and they were both very helpful and knowledgable.

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- - #9765

This course, in July, was excellent. The teaching by Tim and Phil was top class. They are very professional and were helpful whenever problems were encountered. The poker and hook which we made came out very well with help. I feel like we learnt such a lot and it was so interesting. I am looking forward to following it up with another course in Blacksmithing.

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