In-person course

Blacksmithing Experience in Grassington (5 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 rose, a poker, a bottle opener, a knife, log basket or tools 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.

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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In-person course
- - #31993

I bought this as a gift for my husband. We loved our experience, Richard was very friendly helpful and knows a lot about blacksmithing. We made a beautiful rose and even had time to make bottle openers. Would highly recommend, it was great :)

In-person course
- - #31881

My son has had an absolutely fantastic day on the blacksmith course with Richard. He’s made the most beautiful rose and learnt so many new skills. He was absolutely buzzing when he finished. I would definitely recommend it for beginners and those with experience.

Thank you Richard and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

In-person course
- - #31196

Will be going again... guaranteed ! One of the best black smithing workshops I’ve been to so far, I went for one to one tuition and in 3 hours I was taught how to manipulate the Steele, punch holes, hot cut the steel and a barley twist, to finish it off the with my first forge weld, at the end of the day I walked away with Viking bog knife and a bottle opener. Couldn’t have expected anything else from the day and looking forward to moving some more steel !!! Would definitely recommend !!

In-person course
- - #31195

Fantasic day at the forge! Bought as a birthday gift for my partner who is really interested in the principles of heritage crafts, and he described it as the best present he'd ever recieved. Richard is knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic about his work and teaching, helping us to create items we were incredibly pleased with.

In 5 hours, almost to the minute, we managed to create a knife, a door knocker and a hair pin, all shaped and detailed and pretty enough to want to use. The whole day felt unpretentious and personalised to what we wanted to achieve and learn, not just an 'off the peg experience day', which I was keen to avoid. Highly recommended.

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