Blacksmithing Experience

Alex finished up with his experience and his new fire rake!


An intro to blacksmithing and what it takes to turn raw steel into a working tool/ decorative piece. A 4-hour session that covers the basics while leaving with pieces forged by you.

We will cover the main techniques used in blacksmithing; Upsetting, Drawing, Tapering, Bending, and Punching. With these skills, we will make a small item such as a hook or bottle opener; a great practice piece, and a great practical take home. For our main piece, we will forge either a fire poker or an item of your choice within reason.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Coaching, PPE, Materials, Tools, Snacks, Parking, Beer at end of the session to test your bottle opener!


Alexander McBain at AthelstaneForge

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9 Harvest Road
Unit 8, CoVault
Newbridge, Edinburgh

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Father's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday


4½ hours (10:00am to 2:30pm)

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Natasha - - #39122

This was an absolutely fantastic course, my mum and I had a really wonderful time and we learnt so much! It was incredible being able to come away with several things we had made over just a few short hours using a completely new skill.
Sandy was a great and natural teacher, helping us both with lots of hands-on learning!

I would highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to try something different!

Smarkou - - #38732

I booked this course for my 15-year-old as they expressed an interest in blacksmithing. Sandy was a fantastic teacher! He was so patient and talked my child through every step, always ensuring that safety precautions were being followed. It was so enjoyable they want to go again! Definitely recommend.

Mary Mewett - - #36784

My husband and sons had a great day and Sandy couldn’t have been friendlier. They made some really gorgeous and useful tools.

Response from AthelstaneForge:

Thanks for your review! It was a great day, they all picked it up like naturals! Hopefully see them again for a more advanced project!

Amanda Clark - - #36160

I had a great time at Athelstane Forge last weekend! Sandy’s a brilliant teacher - I’m a total novice and he explained every process and technique really clearly. I’d highly recommend this class to anyone who wants an in-depth and hands-on introduction to blacksmithing!

Response from AthelstaneForge:

Thanks 🙏 had a great day teaching you!

Alex Fleming - - #35558

Having watched forged in fire I was excited to try out blacksmithing! Sandy’s forge in Newbridge is a great location near Edinburgh so was easy to get to. We made a hook and a fire poker that I am pleased with. The teaching was helpful but still allows you to make mistakes and have a go! Would definitely recommend it!

Response from AthelstaneForge:

Thanks Alex, was a pleasure hopefully see you again soon!

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