Blacksmithing Beginners course - one day

blacksmithing one day workshop


Blacksmithing day with tutors Iain Jones & Dave Southgate

This one day course will introduce you to basic forging & blacksmithing techniques.

You will make a small number or items which may include a letter opener, s or wall hook & fire poker

You will learn practical tips & techniques on:
• selecting metal
• heat treating metal
• basic forging techniques
• basic finishing techniques
• grinding
• forming twists, curls & scrolls
• drawing out metal
• use of the anvil & hammers
• annealing
• shaping hot metal
• health & safety around the forge area& related to blacksmithing

At Ecclesall Woods we pride ourselves on the high quality teaching from our tutors & our low class numbers (max 5 for most classes) & a number of our courses also have an assistant.

We have found that smaller class sizes are more productive, un-rushed & allow students to learn more

You will need to wear suitable clothing & footwear for working outdoors in this season. Steel toe cap boots would be advantageous if you have them, but are not essential.

Please note this course will require a high level of manual dexterity on your fingers & is physically demanding on the shoulders & back.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

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.


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

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
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In-person course
Ben - - #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
Mark - - #20349

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

In-person course
Candice Majewski - - #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
Kay Rooney - - #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!

In-person course
Joe Berry - - #10987

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

In-person course
Lewis Smith - - #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.

In-person course
John McLoughlin - - #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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