Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
About the Course
A one day blacksmithing course for up to 2 people at our workshop in the charming Blackdown hills, Devon. Suitable for the complete beginner, to those wanting to hone a particular skill. We can tailor the course to suit your goals.
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 tools and materials.
Lunch, tea and coffee throughout the day.
Me and my father attended this course on a very chilly November.
But wow what can I say, straight from the off Tom and his partner made us feel right at ease.
The day was started by getting to know a bit about each other and what we hoped to gain from this experience. Once we had doodled our designs and Tom has given us our safety brief we were of.
Being beginners he made sure he explained everything to us and helped us along our way in creating our knives. With it being a just me and my father Tom was able to give us lots of one on one instruction and made the whole feel of the course that little bit more personal.
Lunch was provided and was exactly what we all needed, a delicious home made thick soup with crusty bread.
A huge thank you to both Tom and his partner for looking after us and helping us to create two extremely sharp and usable kitchen knives.
Daniel - - #26204
My son and I attended the Longdog Smithy course recently. Tom was gracious, welcoming, helped us feel at ease immediately. We chose what we wanted to make, he offered advice then walked us through the day - instructing and encouraging with the knowledge and experience he evidently has. He even helped us record the experience on camera!
We loved it. People are amazed at the raw beauty of the knives we crafted out of a length of plain old metal bar. Thank you, Tom!
Ian Neale - - #24335
I attended this course recently with a friend and had an amazing day, coming away with a hanging basket bracket I'd made - I never thought I'd be able to do that in a day! Tom was very encouraging, showing us what we needed to do and then giving us the space to try it, make the odd mistake and try again. With only two on the course you can get so much done. Tom's enthusiastic about his craft and passed that on to us as well as being enjoyable company.
I'd strongly recommend this to anyone who fancies trying their hand at blacksmithing - you won't be disappointed and may be hooked. Next one for us is to go again and make a knife.
Kathryn Price - - #22920
I recently attended the 1 day course with my friend and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Tom is a great tutor, providing not only practical expertise but also a bit of theory and science too. His enthusiasm for his craft clearly shone through; and his patience and attention to detail enabled me to make a hand held garden fork using a myriad of techniques, whilst my friend made an intricate bracket to hold a hanging basket.
A constant supply of tea, coffee and biscuits kept us going; along with a huge bowl of home made soup for lunch - all courtesy of Tom.
A huge thank you to Tom for an engaging and absorbing day; and we're looking forward to spending another day at Longdog Smithy later on in the year to make kitchen knives.
Linn Fellows - - #22874
I bought this one-day course for my partner's birthday present, but we both had a fantastic time learning the basics of blacksmithing from Tom. He patiently guided us through various techniques and how to use different tools and we both came away having made something we were proud of - my partner made a chisel and I made a dinner bell/triangle. Tom is a knowledgable and fascinating teacher with a passion for history, and looked after us throughout the day with plenty of tea and biscuits and a hearty lunch. I'd definitely recommend this course for anyone interested in learning this traditional skill - it's excellent value for money.
Anna-Lisa - - #21626
I bought a day at Longdog Smithy for my partner's birthday present, thinking I would go along for the ride, but with Tom's patient encouragement I got right into it and by the end of the day I'd made a beautiful cook's knife that I'm hugely proud of - and my other half is thrilled with the bowie knife he made too. I can't believe we accomplished so much in a day.
A fantastic experience in every respect. Can't recommend highly enough.
Rachel Ware - - #21337
Just spent a very rewarding 2 days at Tom's forge. I asked him to teach me as many blacksmithing techniques as would fit in the time and I could cram into my brain. Tom provided clear instructions, demonstrated each technique, and provided feedback and tips as needed. I learnt so much but never felt rushed or pressured, and have left with a great range of finished items. This course delivered exactly what I wanted. Thanks Tom.
Alistir Fowler - - #21089
We had such a good day with Tom in his forge. I bought an experience for my hubby’s Christmas present and he was set on making a knife which turned out amazingly well under Tom’s expert guidance. I was able to make a giant hook for all my scarves, all thanks to Tom’s skill and patience..... this was a big achievement for me as I am a proper townie who doesn’t like to get her hands dirty! I would highly recommend a day with Tom and will look proudly at my hook every time I come home! Thank you Tom!
Lindsay and Andrew Everett - - #19985
My wife bought me a craft courses voucher after seeing my enthusiasm for a knife making programme on TV. Living in Dorset there were several courses available to me and I'm infinitely glad I chose Tom at Longdog Smithy to go to. He is clear in his teaching and has a wealth of knowledge that he is willing to share, coupled with a patience much needed for the likes of myself with multiple questions comparing what I'd gleened from the TV. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the day and am quite smitten with the seax that I left with. I fully intent to return with the wife in the near future as well as place an order for some throwing axes. I wholeheartedly recommend Tom and his course.
Chris Turrill - - #18971
I cannot sum up how great Tom at Longdog Smithy is. His knowledge and patience are endless: my wife and I had a blast, making a knife and a scrolled trellis. Can’t wait to book another session! Very highly recommended and excellent value for money
Paul Martin - - #18369
Tom was an excellent teacher, with the ability to share his knowledge and enthusiasm in a fun and informative way. We had a great day, learning the basics of blacksmithing, leaving with objects we’d actually made ourselves. Brilliant!
Michelle Norris - - #18241
My wife and I learnt to do blacksmithing with Tom and made a billhook. It was a brilliant experience and I can't recommend it highly enough. We might come back and make some more tools. We love the billhook!
Pete Grugeon - - #18234
My wife and I attended the 1 day course and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Neither of us had any prior experience, but Toms expertise and patience soon gave us the confidence to use all of the equipment.
We both achieved our aims of leaving with a finished piece of work, no rushing, no shortcuts and both had fun in the process.
A hugely interesting day with lots learnt, excellent setting, facilities and refreshments. I can't recommend this enough and will certainly look to doing this again.
Simon - - #15937
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