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 generally taught on a one-to-one basis, unless as a couple working on a joint project (be it a romantic date, father and son bonding or best pals day out!), so you will have my full attention throughout the day. Classes are suitable for absolute beginners; male and female from age 18 and upwards, 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.
Classes are available Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, however, other days of the week may be available upon request.
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.
Please get in touch to discuss your requirements; all classes can be tailored to your needs.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
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.
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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!
I booked this experience day for my son and his grandad to stay and watch. They havent stopped talking about it since and has said it was the best present he has ever had. Well worth every penny.
Richard had gone out of his way to contact me prior to his arrival taking the time & effort to prepare their day ahead. Ensuring my son got the best from his day at the forge & made things of interest to him.
On the day Richard gave my son a choice of what he would like to make. He learned so much from the day spent there and Richard's skills were all shared with him he made various items to bring home with him and achieved so much.
My son has set up his own little forge at home now using all the techniques he learned just from this day at Richard's forge.
Well worth every penny to see my son & my Dad's face when they got home. They had good banter all day with Richard making the whole experience fun exciting and so valuable to them.
I would not hesitate to highly recommend Richard after all the positive things I've heard about their day so I would definitely book this experience you won't be disappointed.
Also thankyou Richard for making my son's day with you so special, something he has always wanted to and continues to do now with all he has learned from you. 😁👍👍👍
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.
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