Blacksmithing Evening Class


Duration: 5 weeks

Price: £180

Run by: Pete Smith
at Bluefoot Blacksmithing

01544 267810

Bluefoot forge
Stapleton
Presteigne
Powys
LD8 2LS

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About the Course

This blacksmithing evening course will run for 5 consecutive weeks. The course will start with a short health and safety talk, followed by an explanation of the workings of the fire, fire control and working heat colours. Pete will do a demonstration on basic hammer skills, techniques and working rhythm, whilst also demonstrating process and process design, to create the first artefact you will make.

Each week further skills will be added via a narrated demonstration and as you progress, each week you will have the opportunity to make another artefact. As you increase your skills portfolio, your ability to design a process for the creation of your own artefact will also be expanding.

On the fifth week you get the chance to, “your own thing”. Your only parameters will be your skills portfolio and your imagination. Using your new skills you will be encouraged to design a small artefact that reflects your entire skill base. If you don't feel ready to break out, Pete will demonstrate an alternative piece for you to try, or you can remake any of the artefacts you have already been shown.

Throughout your course you will receive close guidance from Pete in everything you do, therefore making the best use of your time at the anvil. You will be encouraged to think like a Blacksmith and how to train your eye to see what the Smith must see to succeed. You will receive no end of encouragement from Pete when it goes wrong, backed up by one to one micro demos of the component not working for you.

The pace of teaching is entirely flexible to fit your requirements so there is no pressure, after all, this is supposed to be fun too, not a weekly trial by fire. One thing is certain, you will be surprised at what you can achieve that you never thought you could. Try it and see, you won't be disappointed.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials are provided, as are the essential and obligatory safety glasses.



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I was lucky enough to have Peter as a tutor for 2 (and a bit) years. When he interviewed me and seen some bits and bobs Ive done in the forge with little experience in blacksmithig, he simply said he can teach me to do better, and has stayed true to his word. Peter, having heaps of experience and knowlege of blacksmithing, has taught me not just the theory and practice of blacksmithing but also showed me how to learn from the metal, he thinks outside the box and clearly shows what he means, its like he saw every little thing that escaped my attention and when he pointed those things out it was that lightbulb turning on above my head moment.

- - #11396

Pete Smith was my tutor and mentor during three years of study at the National School of Blacksmithing in Holme Lacy, Hereford. By the end of those three successful years I took away a triple distinction and a life-long friendship and admiration for Pete.
In my humble opinion he is one of the most talented men I have ever met. I am still in awe at some of the things I have seen him create and I still can’t work out how he managed to do them. His creation of the Solar Eye was nothing less than a piece of wizardry.
It’s hard to understate the influence he has had on me, and my future career, and he is a truly inspiring figure. I honestly believe this man only has good to give and he is absolutely generous with his knowledge.
Hand on heart Pete Smith has changed my life for the good and I hope he will continue to do so.

- - #3703

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- - #3702

I had the privilege of being a student of Peter Smith for two years at the National School of Blacksmithing. He taught me to make my first ever pair of tongs. For two years he was involved in my metalwork education and was always an inspiration and role model for me. He has a wide knowledge of all things metal, from the scientific side of blacksmithing to the creative and aesthetic side. Whenever Pete had a spare minute and worked on a fire I was always keen to see what magic he had created. When I talk to people about the blacksmith I want to be in twenty years time I use Pete as the level of skill I can only dream of; the way he thinks and his ability to picture form and function in his head and then apply his skills to create true art is incredible. I am truly lucky to have been a student of Peter, and will always remember his gentle and kind manner.

- - #3701

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Course Start Dates

Thursday 11th January 2018

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