Course Provider: Gower Heritage Centre
Contact Name: Sarah Davies
Telephone: 01792 371206
Course Length: Full Day
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Learn key Blacksmithing techniques whilst forging your own piece of art to take home.
Book in for a Basic Blacksmithing day course for beginners, focusing on learning key basic techniques which are the foundation to all blacksmiths forge work.
After a short introduction with our resident blacksmith you will explore the history of smithing from Gold to steel; modern Iron & Steel, including their types and uses and receive your itinerary for the day. You will then go through all health, safety and fire management procedures before going on to begin your first blacksmithing project of the day. You will be guided to safely use the hand tools and incorporate design elements into all four of your projects throughout the day. At the end of your course you can expect to take away a few pieces of your own handcrafted work, during the day you will be creating the following pieces; ‘S Hook’ ‘Nails’ ‘Scroll Hook’ ‘Bottle Opener’ and finally for those wishing to continue smithing, ‘Flat Bit Tongs’.
Who is the day suitable for?
Our Basic Blacksmithing Day course is aimed as a one on one session although we are able to take group bookings (maximum of 3 students) which will allow you to get the most out of your time at the forge. Blacksmithing is a very physical activity in an old traditional forge which may not be suitable for everyone. Please contact us before booking if you have any injuries or disabilities.
When are the courses run?
We offer both weekday and weekend courses, dates for which can be arranged with us by telephoning our reception. Dates can be booked at the time of purchase or arranged at a later date if purchasing a gift voucher. Courses run from 10am through until 5:30pm, you will have a break for lunch provided by us in our Tearoom.
What to wear?
You should wear overalls or old clothes that you wouldn’t mind getting dirty or damaged, clothes must be natural fibres (cotton or denim) absolutely no man-made fibers – things like shell suits can melt and cause unbelievable burns. Trousers must be full length and the same goes for sleeves. You must wear a stout pair of shoes (absolutely no open toes) non steel toe caps worn at your own risk. You will be provided with safety equipment for the day, being an apron, safety glasses and gloves.
What's included in the price?
Our Basic Blacksmithing Day Course costs £120 which includes lunch and tea or coffee.
Why not extend your course and have a short break in our self catering accommodation.We have accommodation on site which sleeps from 2 to 10 and is only a 20 minute walk from the spectacular Three Cliffs Bay.