In-person course

Blacksmithing Experience in Grassington (3 hours)



Please come and join me at my forge in the heart of The Yorkshire Dales for a blacksmithing experience you are sure to remember forever. In my cosy, fully equipped smithy you will have the opportunity to forge a lasting memory using age old techniques.

Each student will leave having forged at least one item of their choosing and will have the opportunity to forge, punch, drift, bend, fire weld and cut hot metal into a piece they can cherish for a lifetime. Whether it's a poker, a bottle opener, a knife or a tool for your trade, you'll leave with a great sense of achievement.

Classes are for a maximum of 4 people however can be taught on a one to one basis if requested; either way you will have my full attention throughout the day.
The class is suitable for absolute beginners; male and female of any age, or for metalworkers seeking to develop a new skill in forging iron.

I'll start by lighting the coke forge, then after a short safety briefing and demonstration you'll be at the anvil creating your masterpiece. Safety boots and clothing you don't mind getting dirty are recommended; all other safety equipment will be provided.

The pictures on this page are but a few examples of things that are achievable in the class; if you have something in particular you would like to forge please let me know in advance and we can make it work. However, if you'd like to turn up on the day and be spontaneous that's absolutely fine too. If you're looking to spend longer in the forge making more items or a more complicated piece, then you may wish to consider the 5 hour course that is also available.

Grassington is a beautiful village with walks up the river, across the Dales or through the picturesque Grass Woods. I would definitely recommend a stay in the village in addition to your day at the forge.

Classes are available 7 days a week. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements; all classes can be tailored to your needs.

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 tools and materials are included in the price and as much tea and coffee as you can drink. However if attending a class longer than a half day you may wish to bring a packed lunch as food is not included.


Richard Walker at Ember Ironwork
Wisp Hill Croft
North Yorkshire
BD23 5NG

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fathers Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Mothers Day
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
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- - #31412

Bought this workshop as a gift for my husband's birthday and he absolutely loved it. Richard was really friendly and a great teacher and my husband was really pleased with his finished knife. He is now hooked on watching 'forged in fire' and thinks Richard should offer an axe making course next which he would be first in line for!

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- - #31193

Ok bought this as a birthday gift for my fiancé and he could not speak highly enough of Richard or the course! He had a great time. Would recommend to anyone!

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- - #30878

I just had my foot in the door, had a forge and a make shift anvil at home but not a clue on how to blacksmith besides hitting hot metal till it moves.

I received this experience for my birthday, and it was one of the best gifts I’ve received.

Richard is an excellent blacksmith, he explains things very clearly and he is very patient. I entered his workshop knowing very little about how to blacksmith and left knowing a lot about moving the metal, from where to strike on the anvil, how to position the metal and hammering techniques.

During the time I spent with Richard we made a knife, key chain and a bottle opener.

Thanks Richard I can now continue at home practising what he taught me. I would highly recommend booking time with him.

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- - #30862

I booked an afternoon with Richard for my husband as a gift - best decision ever! He had an amazing time and was so impressed with the knife that he made. Two weeks later and he's still raving about it! He said Richard was really knowledgeable and had a real gift for explaining things really clearly, and declared it the best gift he'd ever received! The booking process was easy and all communication from Richard was spot on. The photos he took were an unexpected and much appreciated touch too.

Thanks Richard, you really gave him a great experience! We wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to anyone - actually, we already have! All the best x

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