Blacksmithing experience in Grassington for 2 People (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, a log basket or tools for your trade, you'll leave with a great sense of achievement. In this 5 hour experience, you will have the forge to yourselves and my undivided attention throughout.

Classes are 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 forge, then after a short safety briefing and demonstration, you'll each be at your own 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.The Start time of the session is 10am unless otherwise discussed.

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
  • Father's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday


5 hours (flexible times to suit)

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Nathan - - #36434

An amazing day with Richard, who is an excellent teacher. I've been raving about it this week and would definitely recommend it to anyone!

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Sally Waters - - #36402

My husband really enjoyed the Damascus knife making course. It was an excellent day out and very interesting even for someone just watching from the corner. My husband has started taking his knife around with him in the house, he likes it so much.

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Ryan Scarff - - #36321

My wife booked me on a Damascus Knife making course with Richard as a birthday present.
I knew little to nothing about making a knife or blacksmithing so was a complete novice.
Richard has an excellent approach to mentoring, he gives clear instructions and lets you do the work without jumping in, however If I needed help he was straight over and gave great advice drawing from what is obviously a wealth of experience.
The facilities are great and has everything you would need to produce whatever you can dream of.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and can’t stop talking about it. I absolutely recommend taking a class with Richard.



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Rob Cartwright - - #36168

Great value for money & a really great guy!
Richard is extremely helpful and patient!
I booked this course for myself and my partner, I picked it up much quicker so Richard really helped my partner with her work & it came up trumps!
Very happy, would 100% recommend and I will be back and Ember again!
Thanks Richard!

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Beth - - #36112

What an amazing experience! Bought as a birthday gift and it was so much more than we could have hoped for. Richard is so knowledgeable and great company (makes a lovely brew too)!! The pictures taken throughout the day were an extra special touch and turned out brilliantly.
The booking process was really straight forward and all communication was clear. I would highly recommend this experience and will be purchasing more in the future for other family members.
Thank you so much for everything Richard!

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Mathew Waddell - - #36094

This was amazing, Richard is easy to talk to, explains everything really clear and answered any questions we had regardless how stupid they seemed. I couldn’t recommend thins enough for a day or weekend trip away it’s been awesome.

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Jo Macintyre - - #35989

I bought this as a gift for my Chef husband and he absolutely loved it!
Thanks Richard

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Abigail Walker - - #35969

One of the best things me and my husband have ever done, it’s honestly such a brilliant experience and Richard is just brilliant. We walked away enriched and beyond happy!

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James Lodge - - #35960

I managed to get a place on Richards course at the last minute and I am so pleased that I did. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and I can’t remember a time when a day has passed so quickly. The tuition was spot on just the right amount of guidance, advice, and a little help when needed but it left you feeling that you were absolutely the one that has made the knife from start to finish. If you have always wanted to give blade smithing a go then I can’t recommend this enough, but be warned you do leave with the feeling that you want to do more.

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Paul Dale - - #35845

You've read the other reviews right? If you have then you already know Richard is courteous, knowledgeable, friendly, funny, interesting, and dedicated to his craft. As a teacher he has the perfect balance of when when to step in to provide the benefit of his experience and skill and also when not to step in and let folks bash away, make mistakes and the correct themselves.

Unmissable for all the "forged in fire" junkies out there. The hours in the forge will give you an exquisite taster for the real experience within a working forge keeping the craft and traditions of the past alive for this and future generations.

Very much looking forward to the next session - What a phenomenal day!

In-person course
Michael Murphy - - #35812

A long-awaited gift from my gf, as I have an interest in blacksmithing. I had an amazing time making something unique for the house. Richard was an excellent teacher in passing the basics on to me and the instruction for the trickery skills was fantastic. Family members have been putting suggestions in for gifts for my next visit haha. Stoke up the forges and get them ready.

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Pete Wilkins - - #35808

My son and I spent a highly enjoyable afternoon making Viking-style knives. Richard was friendly and helpful and took the time to explain things well. We were able to tackle a wide range of techniques and were surprised by what we were able to achieve in the time. Richard was an enthusiastic teacher and made sure we got the most out of the afternoon. Highly recommended.

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Tom Alexis - - #35702

Got a sword making workshop for a birthday gift. We went in not anything about blacksmithing. Richard is clearly very good at what he does and is great at explaining how to do it. We thought he stepped in to help just the right amount as well but let us get on with the bits we could do.

Great experience and would definitely recommend!

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Mary - - #35365

The whole day was great! We were there for 5 hours and both made something to take away. Richard was a great teacher, left us to get on with things and stepped in if we needed. It's a super fun activity to give a try. Would recommend.

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Fagey - - #35355

Really enjoyable. Struggled at first to find the location but enjoyed taking the scenic route to it. Richard happily took on the challenge of making the sword and it turned out fairly decent considering it was a first for me. Thank you Richard. Would definitely recommend for strong and scrawny alike.

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Michael Berry - - #35223

Outstanding day out, with a beautiful knife to show for it and some great memories of forging it! Richard was a great teacher and very knowledgeable, as well as entertaining. I really enjoyed the balance of instruction and letting us learn by doing, making the knives our own.

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NEIL BEARNE - - #35088

Excellent course....Richard was a brilliant and i thoroughly enjoyed hoping to go back to do another one soon!

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Kelly - - #35016

What a day!!!! Honestly can’t recommend it enough. Richard was a fantastic and patient teacher, we had some good giggles and are so happy with our end results. Will definitely return for another session next time we’re up north!!!
Just trying to work out logistics to get a forge set up in a in a 6x3ft shed now… Hmmm!!!

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Alex Roe - - #34924

We had booked this in a group of three for my dads 60th. Richard was really accommodating with issues due to Covid and having to rearrange a couple of times.

Great Experience, Richard was super knowledgeable. Excellent teacher! we came away with three incredible knives and a ton of knowledge!

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Ross and Jen - - #34842

excellent day completed the 5 hours 2 people workshop. Richard is a fantastic teacher, really patient, super friendly and talked through all the steps showing techniques to aid you in making your desired items. made the best use of time and let us be independent with what we wanted to make. highly recomend this and other sessions - will definatley go back again, we made an original fire poker, display hook and viking/pirate knife. loved every min even the blisters showing how hard we worked :)
thank you again for the experiance Richard.

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Chris - - #34791

I took the Damascus knife making class with Richard and can highly recommend this class, it was a fantastic day and the knife I made is beautiful.
Richard is clearly an experienced teacher, very knowledgeable and a very talented blacksmith. Having had no previous experience in a forge, Richard explained the basics and then it was hands on experience and learning for the rest of the day which was just what I was looking for. Richard was on hand at all times and kept me on track as needed, and the result was a great knife with a beautiful Damascus pattern, far better than I thought I would be able to create.

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Ian Atkinson - - #34743

Had a excellent day out making Damascus kitchen knifes with my dad. Highly recommend this course and had a brilliant day with Richard who totally put us at ease and was very knowledgeable.

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Christopher Patten - - #34581

Just returned from a two-day sword-making workshop with my 17-year old. We both had a great time and were well looked after by the unflappable Richard who combined a relaxed and steady manner with some excellent tuition and master crafts skills. What I liked best was the balance of being taught, trusted and monitored so we felt pushed but never out of our depth (well perhaps once when our point needed rescuing). My 17-year old has a great talking-piece to make pineapples and water melons tremble and I have gotten over my fear of angle grinders. Got some amazing photos of the process. Cannot recommend highly enough.

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Mark Collins - - #34579

Did a 5 hour workshop with Richard. 100% recommended. Had a great day. Richard is talented blacksmith and great teacher. Thank you 👍

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Jay Dorrington - - #34433

Excellent experience, Would highly recommend, Was bought for me as a gift and I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. Will definitely be back!! Richard was so welcoming, friendly and professional. It’s a must if your in the area.

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Lukasz - - #33938

Great experience! It was a gift from my partner and I've really enjoyed it!
I have the knife on a display.
Would recommend to anyone :)

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phillip calvert - - #33856

What a great experience and course. Richard is a great tutor, is very patient and helpful.

If you are not used to swinging a hammer for a hour or more then expect a good blister or 2. That said it's totally worth it. You can't help walking away with something that you'll talk about for months to come.

I'd recommend this to anyone who wants something unique, fantastic to use and something no-one you know has.

I'm sure I'll be back in the forge soon...

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Linda Glendinning - - #33854

Brilliant day for my husband and I. We made a Damascus dagger with Richard from Ember Ironworks. He was extremely informative and helpful and we were very pleased with our end result. We’ll definitely be making a return visit and would recommend Richard to friends.

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Ian Waughman - - #33178

Brilliant day. Wanted to make a shutter stay to match the ones on my Victorian house cos we're one short. I'd done no metal work before but Richard's enthusiasm and enjoyment of sharing his skills made it real fun. Demonstrations and guidance while I was working made me feel both that I'd made it myself and that it was always going to succeed. The friends I went with all had an equally good day, we felt very welcome. When I need to make more ironwork to restore the next bit of my house I'll be back!
Thank you Richard from all four of us.

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Rebecca Calvert - - #33003

Purchased for husband as a birthday gift. He loved the day, Richard was really patient, explaining the process all the way through. He kept him on track to ensure you came away with a high quality finished product. He has said he will be booking another session with Richard for himself whilst on annual leave again. A brilliant day in all.

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Dale Bunton - - #32817

My grandson and I enjoyed this course. Richard was a really good teacher and helped us so much. We have a small home forge and have been self teaching. Doing this course with Richard has encouraged us to be more adventurous.Thank you Richard

In-person course
Daniel Rimmer - - #32796

Had a brilliant 5 hour session forging a knife & bottle opener. Never done anything like this before but after watching forged in fire on repeat my wife booked me in as a surprise. Richard was a hands on instructor, very helpful and welcoming. I hope to be back down at the forge again in the future.

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Charles Dunleavey - - #32605

Excellent day with Richard forging a Damascus blade. Great teacher and went through each step well and at the pace I needed. Result was a lovely blade and the knowledge I had done it. Highly recommend his workshop.

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Lisa gray - - #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 :)

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Melanie McDonnell - - #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.

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Chris McMurray - - #31896

Could not recommended this experience enough. Richard was incredibly knowledgeable and patient when instructing an absolute novice in blacksmithing. The whole experience was fun and a took place in an excellent environment. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the knife making experience and it is something we would both definitely do again with Richard.

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Lucy - - #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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Lindsey Coombs - - #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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Reuben Wolf - - #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 !!

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Samantha Saunders - - #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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Nichola - - #30893

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Jak Christon - - #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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Nicola Pentland - - #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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