Ever wanted to try your hand at the ancient art of blacksmithing? Spend a day getting one to one tuition from Chris, a qualified Blacksmith, in his Worcestershire workshop.
Go at it hammer and tongs, learn how to manipulate hot steel and produce your own metal masterpiece. Choose from a range of small projects to make and take away with you.
Full day courses for two people are also available if you want to bring a friend. I only take on one or two students at a time, no group sessions, this way you get to spend as much time forging as you want!
Ages 14 and up, please note that courses are not suitable for under 18’s unless accompanied by a paying adult.
Some elements of the course may be subject to change on the day.
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Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Tea and coffee, please bring your own lunch.
All materials are included, keep whatever you make.
1 day (9:30am to 4:30pm)
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A brilliant and rewarding day. Chris demonstrates each stage before you do it yourself. And is there at your side if you feel the need for additional guidance. The perfect balance between learning and doing it yourself, quickly building your confidence to perform many different skills to create a beautiful keyring keepsake.
I spent the afternoon making a twisted poker with tapered scroll handle.
Chris is very friendly and knowledgeable. I would recommend the day to anyone.
I thoroughly enjoyed my day Smithing, a surprise birthday gift. Chris is welcoming and has an easy, unhurried teaching style.
To spend the day being taught by a craftsman and to produce something hand made at the end makes a great day.
A warm friendly greeting followed by an explanation of what I was going to be doing during the day. Ran through health & Safety procedures. Then it was down to work, the plan was that I would mirror the processes that Chris was doing explanations were clear and concise no pressure you worked at a pace that was comfortable with you.
Many different skills were taught and explanations of many of the tools and their uses given.
I came away with a greater understanding of how metal can change or be changed with fire a hammer and a good instructor. A most enjoyable day.
Had a great day with Chris in his workshop.
The day was well structed, fun and very well aimed at beginners in smithing.
Chris himself is very knowledgeable and approachable and was fantastic at point out details and best practices as I went about the day's tasks.
Highly recommended for anyone who has an interest in smithing and metal working or just looking for a fun day trying something new.
Chris keeps things very easy to understand and lighthearted but keeps you engaged with the work and safe at all times.
I cannot recommend this course enough, great day and you get to keep what you make :)
I was given a days blacksmithing course and whilst looking forward to it I didn’t know what to expect.
Right from the start Chris made me welcome and is very well organised. He went through safety aspects and the plan for the day. I had excellent one to one tuition, growing skills in steady steps and completed the complicated piece.
Chris is an excellent teacher and I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who has even a vague interest. Do try it, you won’t be disappointed.
I had a great time learning from Chris. He is a good teacher, very knowledgable, I hope to return for another session!
A really enjoyable day learning the art of forging and shaping and long overdue having been a present pre pandemic that we could only redeem with certainty at the beginning of this year.
Chris is an engaging and enthusiastic tutor, showing you the ropes and then giving you the opportunity to emulate what he has demonstrated, whilst making sure you do not stray to far from the brief and do end up with a finished product. (who would have thought steel could be so temperamental & our skills so rudimentary!)
We (2 of us) undertook the course and made the leaf shaped key ring. This is an object of alarming simplicity in its finished state, but which involves 14 separate steps to get to the end project.
The workshop is on a garden centre site which has an excellent cafe for coffees and lunch.
Would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who wants to give 'smithing' a go.
An absolutely brilliant day forging! Perfect for both beginners and experienced smiths - Chris was brilliant, explains perfectly and correctly, shows every skill you could need and keeps a close eye on everything your doing. He also allows you to do your own bit and make things to a way you like. A perfect chance to create a individual piece of art. Safe and easy to find. No issues at all and well worth it. 5 STARS!!!
Had a great day. Chris is very knowledgeable, very easy to get one with and has a great deal of patience.
The workshop is very clean and has loads of space, I will be booking another day with Chris as I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and was put at ease from the start.
Thanks for the great day Chris
Fantastic experience, I had a one day course with Chris on a one to one basis. It was a very enjoyable day, Chris made me feel very welcome. I made a leaf key ring and Chris went through everything at a steady pace, I never felt under any pressure. Chris took time to explain each step in the process, having explained a step Chris would show me how he did it, explaining all the detail as he went through making his leaf key ring. I would then do the same with Chris giving guidance as I did it, we did this through each of the stages. At the end we both had made leaf key rings, mine, whilst a leaf key ring had my own individuality, that's the great thing of hand crafting with a blacksmith. If you're thinking of going on a course with Chris don't hesitate it's a great day and experience.
Chris is an extremely knowledgable, experienced and patient professional. He took time to explain and demonstrate every step of the process and watched as I did it myself, offering advice when required.
I had a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting day and would not hesitate to recommend.
I attended yesterday with my Dad as a birthday gift. We both thoroughly enjoyed our day with a blacksmith. Chris is very knowledgable and patient, a great teacher and guided us through each stage and technique. This is a hands on course. Arriving as complete beginners thanks to Chris we were taught and used forging techniques to each create a really attractive detailed large key ring/ pendant. You don’t need to be strong or have previous knowledge. You complete each stage yourself but under very close guidance and Chris is there to step in and help as needed. Thoroughly recommend this course, it was a great day.
What can I say that hasn't already been said! We had an amazing day and I was stunned at what we produced. Chris is an exceptional teacher and a lovely person. If you are thinking of doing this course all I can say is DO IT and you too will have an amazing day.
My wife bought me this course for a birthday present, and what a lovely day and great fun in a very nice easy to get to setting.
Chris puts you quickly at ease and is exceptionally patient.
When you mess something up, which as a complete newbie I inevitably did, Chris very calmly, patiently guides you back and somehow the part start to look as they should ish...
Expect to be tired at the end of the day, it is quite physical - the process is also quite a mindful meditate experience with the level of concentration to "tap" the right spot.
In summary, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the course or Chris, I already have to a colleague at work.
I had a really great day learning from Chris. Straight into practical work with very clear and patient guidance! Chris is passionate about his craft which comes across throughout the day. I would thoroughly recommend the experience to anyone considering it!
A really enjoyable day with a very approachable and knowledgable blacksmith.
Chris is an excellent tutor and made my son and I very welcome from the start.
He has a very personable teaching skill and knows when to leave you alone and when to step in and help (if required)
Nothing seemed too much trouble and he guided us through the day in easy to follow steps.
By the end we had transformed a piece of square bar into something very intricate and something we were both very proud of.
I would have no hesitation in recommending a blacksmith experience with Chris.
Unleash the inner blacksmith in you and have fun with the forge, anvil and lots of hammers!
My husband and I did this course together and it was fantastic - a really fun day. We would highly recommend Chris to anyone wanting to give it a go. He explains everything really thoroughly and is a great teacher, I can't believe how much we learned in a day! It was so great that we are planning to go back to learn some more!
Thank you Chris for a brilliant day! My wife had done a similar course with Chris a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. She bought me the course for my 60th Birthday and I thoroughly enjoyed too, learning some of the ancient skills of blacksmithing. Being a teacher myself, I was really impressed by the way Chris explained and demonstrated each step of the process and I came away very pleased with the two items that I had made!
What a wonderful birthday present. Chris is a great teacher. He goes through some theory, but most of the course is practical. Every step is demonstrated with explanation before attempted by the student. Chris keeps a watchful eye to make sure that the best technique is used. Result: a beautiful key ring as a permanent keepsake and reminder of the day.
If you do this course you will start to get an idea of the skill of a true blacksmith. Chris makes it look to easy! But for us students it isn’t, and at the end of the day upper arm muscles are a little tired.
Safety, both blacksmithing and CoVID, are well explained and managed. Felt very safe.
I spent a great day today on a Blacksmith experience run by Chris The Smith, at his new forge at Earlswood Garden centre.
Chris is a natural teacher, he really knows his stuff, and breaks things down into manageable stages which are easy to follow – all backed up by physical examples of what he means, and what good looks like.
I was really impressed about how well thought out everything was, allowing even a complete novice like me to start getting results immediately.
Chris is very patient, but doesn’t miss a thing, (eye on the ball at all times). He makes sure that you get the best results you are capable of, and I’m proud of the knife and key-ring I made.
It was a full day, and a bit tiring, but very very worth it!
Both the course and the end products really exceeded my expectations, and I cannot recommend the experience highly enough. 10/10
I took this course April 2021 in Chris's new workshop and absolutely loved the experience. The only negative for me was how quickly the day went. Chris was a well organised, prepared, and patient teacher who has clearly put a lot of thought and effort into creating the day and how to scaffold and build a total beginner towards learning the basic skills. I would and have already recommended this course.
Thank you Chris, and I'll hopefully be back soon.
Chris is an excellent teacher - really informative, helpful and patient. My husband and I had a really memorable day in October learning about blacksmithing. It was certainly a day to remember. Chris leads you through the various stages and techniques of blacksmithing and you take the results of your labour (a keyring each) home with you.
Everything felt very safe and Covid-secure, with visors, hand gel, painted lines on the floor, etc.
What an amazing day! Just home from my course with Chris, and I have to leave a review.
Chris was a great instructor, very informative and very knowledgeable. The day started with a very thorough briefing on all aspects of health and safety, including the currently necessary Covid requirements which were dealt with easily and didn’t particularly impact the day.
We were guided through a step by step process to make a leaf key ring from a square stock bar. Lots of skills to practice and plenty of time, and support, from Chris - time flew by and a few hours later we were applying a finish to protect our precious hand made pieces.
I could not recommend Chris and his course enough, and I can’t wait to go back for another go!
I did the course with Chris today (03-10-20) and cannot rate this highly enough.
The day started by covering off safety both in terms of Covid measures and basic safety working in the forge which was all very clearly explained. Then Chris went on to explain how the forge works and about all of the tools giving a great base knowledge of how to get the best out of it all.
From there making each item is broken down in to easy manageable steps with models at hand for you to reference and know what you are working towards.
The whole day went by so quickly because it was so much fun to complete the work which truly felt like I achieved this myself. Chris' balance of being hands off enough to let you complete the work yourself which giving the right amount of tuition and guidance is absolutely perfect. Anyone with even a slight interest in smithing would get huge benefit from this course again and am definitely considering more project work with Chris in the future as a result of today
My friend and I attended the blacksmithing course with Chris, and it we had an excellent day. Chris is a first class teacher who has a wide knowledge of blacksmithing and engineering. We are both mechanical engineers, and not the youngest people around! Chris imparts his expertise in a way which is clear and informative. He is extremely patient and took care to ensure that we understood his instructions. His demonstrations of each process that the student is about to carry out, are first class. One of the many strengths of the course is that you get hands on practice, along with many tips on how to work the metal at the correct temperature, using the best tools for each operation. We had such a great time that we are going to book a further course in the new year. We cannot recommend the course highly enough. Many thanks Chris.
The blacksmithing day during Covid was fantastic. All necessary safely precautions were in place but they never impeded our enjoyment. Chris is a brilliant communicator; very patient and very personable. We felt welcome right from the start, everything was explained and nothing felt rushed. Can't recommend him highly enough!
Wow, what a superb day we had with Chris - he is an excellent teacher - patient, flexible and fun. He tailored the day to our needs and skill and we both had a marvellous time, and now have the most amazing memories (and keyrings) that we will treasure. The day is physically demanding (neither of us are in physically active jobs normally) but Chris moderated the pace to suit us and as such it would suit a huge range of people (as long as you are interested in all aspects of the blacksmith experience). The safety briefing and his pre-course information were excellent.
Chris was prepared to chat and when we started asking questions he impressed us with his extensive knowledge and his excellent portfolio of artistic pieces (commissions and sales were available but he didn't promote that.)
A forge is not a luxurious place (nor should it be!) and as such be prepared to get stuck in and work hard.
We recommend this course without hesitation - worth every penny!
This was my first experience of forging and I had a great day. Chris gives a detailed explanation of each stage, shows how it’s done and is continually on hand to guide you when it’s your turn. Brilliant.
Could not recommend this course enough. Chris puts you at ease straight away and his teaching style is excellent. You learn different techniques by going through different stages of making a leaf key ring. Chris makes one at the same time showing you how to do it and explaining the process, then you work on your own piece. After we had lunch I then made a letter opener using the techniques I had learned in the morning. Chris just explained what was required and away I went. I came home with a Letter opener and a leaf key ring in my pocket, and I am so pleased that I produced these two items out of solid bar.
My son and I had a fantastic day with Chris in his workshop. This was our first blacksmith experience and we would absolutely recommend this to others. Chris guided us through the creation of our work pieces which involved a number of blacksmith techniques. Chris explained and demonstrated the steps clearly, our creations were our own work, at no point was Chris overbearing and was patient throughout. Chris has a real passion for his profession and really enjoyed sharing this with us. A wonderful day and will look to book again.
Brilliant day. My daughter wants to be a farrier so we booked this as a first experience of the forge. Chris is such an excellent teacher as well as a great craftsman - the day was a real pleasure. We went at our own pace and learned so much. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this course to anyone!
My husband and I did the one-day blacksmithing course in November. Chris is welcoming, friendly and hugely knowledgeable and we had a fantastic day.
He gives only as much help as a person needs, so we really got a feel for the techniques and heating the metal. It felt like we really created the pieces by ourselves - Chris didn't take them off us or do any of the work for us, so our creations were truly ours.
He's also very passionate about the art and about making it accessible to amateurs.
Honestly can't recommend him highly enough and will definitely be returning in the future for another session with him.
Completely exceeded our expectations. Chris' tuition was perfectly tailored to each of our individual experience, detailed instruction but equally hands off which allowed us to find our own technique. We made an amazing companion set for our log burner, have come away feeling super proud of ourselves and are now harbouring aspirations to become blacksmiths! It felt brilliant to make something together that will be used in our home for years to come. A perfect day, a perfect birthday present, great value, great teacher! Thank you Chris! We will be back!
Had a day's course with Chris, very enjoyable and instructional from Chris giving guidance and encouragement on how and why things are done. I would recommend this course to anybody who wishes to “ have a go” with a hammer on an anvil.
Booked this for my son, he had a fantastic time, he didn't want to leave! Will definitely be back. Highly recommend this course.
I booked this course because Chris has so many excellent reviews, and after my friend and I attended today, we can really see why. Chris is an excellent teacher and very patient and encouraging, knowing when to advise and when to stand back. Highly recommended.
I can highly recommend this course. Chris is a fantastic teacher and made the day a fun and rewarding experience. As a complete beginner I was a bit nervous about how I’d manage - especially having almost zero upper body strength. Chris guided us through each stage of the process keeping it simple but varied and interesting. At the end of the day I felt quite proud of what I’d achieved - which is a reflection of the excellent teaching. Thank you, Chris!
What a great day!
My son and I went on the one day course with Chris and it really was a brilliant day. Chris was very welcoming from the start and patiently showed us what we needed to do.
I would highly recommend this to anyone we had such a good time and are hoping to do it again.
This was the best Christmas Present I’ve had in years.
Chris is a brilliant patient helpful tutor
Get booking his course and enjoy the day!
What a great day! My one-day course was a birthday present – and I had such a good time. Chris is a great teacher, splitting the jobs into bite-sized tasks and letting you get the hang of each before moving on. And he’s also good at judging when to step in and help (I swear those hammers get heavier as the day goes on). As well as the hands-on work, I also enjoyed learning about the fire and the tools and history of the craft. I came away with two pieces:- a key ring and a letter opener – and I’m really pleased with them both. I would happily recommend his course to anyone who fancies trying their hand at blacksmithing.
Chris runs a fantastic blacksmithing course. His experience and knowledge of the craft is immense and he is able to pass on appreciation of it in an extremely friendly and engaging manner. He is really easy to talk to and we had a lot of fun discussing plenty of other topics throughout the day as we were forging our keyrings. The pacing was excellent, and we always felt welcome to ask any questions we had. Would recommend this to anyone!
Me and my Dad had a full day course! It was a very interesting and fulfilling day! Chris was very knowledgeable and his teaching methods were great. Taking you through everything step by step! I loved it! Will definitely be booking in again!
Me and my Dad had a full day course! It was a very interesting and fulfilling day! Chris was very knowledgeable and his teaching methods were great. Taking you through everything step by step! I loved it! Will definitely be booking in again!
Booked a day for my son and I for his 17th birthday. I had used a forge many years ago in metalwork classes at school (is that even still something that happens?) but I really did have no expectations going in as to what we were in for. I guess I expected we'd be making horseshoes or a plough or something similar.
When first shown what we'd be doing, my initial reaction was "is that it?", but then as we went through the process step-by-step I was really amazed at how beautifully simple and yet how demanding the process was of turning a small lump of steel into an actual piece of art. What I had not appreciated is that Chris is an artist, not just a blacksmith, and his portfolio of work is really very impressive. Put a whole new light on the world of smithing in my mind.
As for Chris himself, he really was a most splendid teacher. Calm and patient with us beginners and really friendly and easy-going which made the whole day a thorough joy. He also has a most excellent taste in music and it was easy to forget we were their to learn, rather than while the day away chatting with a friend - which is how he came across.
Overall, we really did have a great day and I do recommend Chris' course to anyone who fancies trying their hand at Blacksmithing. He makes it look easy, but it really isn't - it's harder and more tiring that you'd expect and utterly worth it.
Chris is an excellent teacher, being both thorough and patient, and incredibly friendly to boot. Had a great time and absolutely would recommend to anyone considering it.
Booked as a solo attendee, expected to be part of a larger class but was impressed to find I'd be getting 1-to-1 tuition for the entire day. From a starting point of zero experience, Chris' blend of experience, patience and clear teaching technique helped my to create the ubiquitous key ring and an elegant 'Game of Thrones' styled letter opener. You don't need to be a bear-sized medeival smith either - effort is akin to hammering nails into a wooden board rather than weilding something Thor would struggle to loft. Exellent day with a nice and knowlegable guy - the fact he's booked up so far into 2019 pays testiment to his skills and passion.
Bought a day course for my partner and 15yr old son as part of their Christmas present. My son had expressed an interest in blacksmithing back in September and after talking to Chris at the Christmas fair in Worcester went home and booked them in. Possibly the best present I could have bought them!!
Chris was patient and personable and answered all the questions thrown at him. I had gone along as a spectator and enjoyed it as much as the other two! They got to make and finish a leaf key ring and as they had time left Chris showed my son some other techniques to use and he made a decorative dragoness (definitely a she)!
We were expecting to be in a class with other people but it was so nice as it was only the three of us. A definite selling point!!
Would recommend this highly and my son has an interview in a couple of weeks for a place on a smithing course- testimony to Chris’s skills!
What an brilliant day. Chris was an excellent tutor, helping me build on my very limited skills and memories from 50years ago at school. With key ring completed in the morning, together we designed and forged a small garden table during the afternoon! Great fun. Thank you Chris
Cannot put into words how good this experience is! Chris is extremely passionate and knowledgeable about his craft and this only enhances the experience! His enthusiasm is infectious and has certainly given me the bug. Cant wait to go back!
It's my third time Blacksmithing with Chris. It is always a relaxed, fun and very rewarding day. Chris is a very patient, engaging teacher who is always keen to share his expertise. Always a fantastic day.
What a fantastic day!
Chris is an outstanding teacher, passionate about his craft and amazing at sharing his knowledge and helping to develop skills - and a really nice guy!
Chris has clearly put a lot of work into making the course fun, productive and safe. I had a great time, learned loads and have mementos to remind me of it. I can see why he is booked up so far in advance, and it is totally worth the wait.
Thanks so much Chris, I had a brilliant time.
Booked a half a day course wanted to try something different, the venue was just a few miles away in a nice quiet area just away from the busy rat race. Chris was very welcoming and after a short induction we were away making a keyring which involved many different ways of shaping the hot steel. Chris took his time to work with me at my pace and was very informative all through the course. We had a good chat while we working and it made a very enjoyable morning. I was very happy with the finished keyring and amazed how many different stages we went through including waxing the final stage. I would recommend Chris to everyone good friendly knowledgeably instructor. Give it a go you won't be disappointed.
Absolutely cracking day....... I was given this as a birthday gift by some of my friends and I was not sure what to expect but I needn't have worried as Chris is fantastic teacher and great company as well, and the fact that I was able to make and take a couple of pieces was a real bonus.
Well done Chris you are a credit to your profession.
Just come back from a very informative and enjoyable day,with Christopher my son, on a day course with Chris Smith learning some of the basic arts of blacksmithing. Chris was very patient with us, explaining the reasons for working in a certain way. The day culminated in us both taking away a piece of work that was recognisable by our wives. All in all an enjoyable day.
After thoroughly enjoying a day course with Chris in 2017, my partner bought me a return visit as a birthday present; I was over the moon!
Chris was patient as ever, and building on the techniques from last time, taught me some additional ones and I came away extremely happy with the piece I made. I cannot recommend this course more highly; Chris is a great teacher, with a really good knowledge of his industry and a lovely guy. Sorry Chris - but I loved it so much, I will be back again!!
What an absolutely fantastic day I had with Chris. I received this day as a birthday gift and what a great gift it was. Chris was an absolute inspiration and a thoroughly excellent instructor, it’s hard not to feed off his enthusiasm.
Time was spent explaining the do’s and don’ts along with the forge design etc. then it was down to work. Chris explains every step through example and makes sure you understand completely before handing over the tongs and hammer.
I can not recommend this enough, a real must do. I will certainly be back.
Chris was an excellent teacher, hands on when we needed help but also let us get on and practice what we’d just learnt. We finished our key rings early so was able to apply what we’d just learnt to making a poker for our fire and put a scroll and twist into it. Chris had great communication with us prior to our course, I would highly recommend him! Well worth the wait!
A very enjoyable and useful day. I was bought the day by my partner as a christmas present but due to popularity could only get a date in August. Well worth the wait !
Chris was very organised in his teaching technique and went at a pace to suit me.
I made the standard piece by lunch time so then went on to make a part required for my horse plough.
All in all excellent value.
My husband & I recently attended this course. It was brilliant!!! Chris achieved the right balance between explaining the techniques & history behind the craft & the practical experience. We would thoroughly recommend anyone who has even a slight interest in this art form to go ahead and get booked up with Chris!
We had a fantastic day with Chris, trying many of the different blacksmithing techniques. Chris is a great teacher, explaining everything clearly, demonstrating & gently correcting, so that we both made a lovely keyring. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day which I would highly recommend.
Enjoyed a wonderful day learning some of the basics of forging and came away having learnt a larger variety of skills than I might have expected. Chris explained each step of the process before demonstrating and then advising my attempts, as necessary. With such expert tuition it was then very satisfying to know that I had completed all the work myself. Thank you very much, Chris for your time and patience and a very enjoyable day.
Cant reccomend this course highly enough.
Chris is passionate about his craft and generally a cracking bloke.
This is not just a stp by step build, you come away with a great understanding of the processes needed for sucessful blacksmithing.
Chris is also very forthcoming in offering advice for how to continue at home.
Book early, as there is a waiting list for a reason.
I had a fantastic day with chris.
Chris was able to suit my days lesson to my own skill set, i made a pair of tongs which was a lot of work and chris taught me a lot of tips and tricks and is very knowledgeable about his craft.
I will definitely be booking another class. Thanks chris your a badass!!
Booked a course for myself and my husband way back in October last year. As Chris is so popular we had to wait till June this year for our days training.
We were not disappointed. The forge is in an idyllic countryside setting near to Birmingham and looked just how you would expect a Blacksmith’s workshop to look.
Chris is very welcoming with a quiet assured manner. He is young and enthusiastic but also very knowledgeable and patient with newbies. Having never lifted a hammer in anger, let alone held onto red hot metal, under his tutelage I managed to turn out a hand forged keyring that was suprisingly like the example shown. My husband went on to also produce a poker of which he is extremely proud.
We would definitely recommend Chris’ course to anyone who wants to have a go at this fascinating craft. You would be amazed at what you can make out of metal and fire.
Got bought this course as a birthday present and can honestly say best present ever.
Coming from the country and having an interest in historical weaponry I have always held an interest in how things are made.
I found this highly informative and Chris's knowledge of the historical side of blacksmithing is amazing.
He was also a lovely bloke, very good at teaching and very, very patient with someone as slow as myself.
Would love to do this again!
As an avid viewer of the series Forged In Fire, I yearned to make my own knife and was fortunate enough to receive a day with Chris for a Christmas gift. The whole day surpassed my expectations! Chris put me at ease immediately and explained each part of the process clearly and patiently. I was beyond thrilled to end the day with a fully-hardened knife, which is not only beautiful, but also fully functional. Like others who have submitted reviews, I would like to keep Chris's workshops a secret as I can't wait to book for another, but that would be mean....if you or a friend have any interest in spending a day as a blacksmith, then book soon - you will have a day to remember!
We had a day with Chris at his forge recently. We didn't know what to expect and we were not disappointed. Complete beginners but we came away with a keyring each and a team effort created a heart. Chris is patient, knowledgeable and happy to talk about his craft and answer any questions. We had a fantastic day and it has sparked an interest. Would love to do another one at some point in the future
Always wanted to have a go at Blacksmithing and glad to say I had the chance on Chris's beginner course to do this. Had a fantastic if energising day at Chris's forge making keyings, hooks, metal poker and the like learning all aspects of blacksmithing. Chris's friendly tuition and guidance makes you feel totally at ease and he makes sure you are doing the work rather than him. You will not be disappointed.
I had a fantastic time learning about blacksmithing and actually having a really good go at it. Chris is a superb teacher, calm patient and expert in his knowledge. I can't recommend him and his course highly enough. Thanks Chris for an amazing day!
Chris is an excellent blacksmith and a brilliant teacher, he knows his craft well and shares his skills in an easy to follow and friendly manner. We spent any time we weren’t smithing talking about the history of metalwork. I would recommend this course to anyone with an interest or curiosity in the heritage crafts. Chris is a young and enthusiastic guy with a wealth of experience.
I wasn't sure what to expect as this was a Birthday gift. I'd always wanted to try my hand at Smithing and this turned out to be an excellent way of being introduced to this craft.
That we (my mate came along too) managed to produce something that was so special and well finished was really great and largely down to Chris' skill at guiding us through the many processes that were involved.
As expected, it's so much more than just bashing a piece of hot metal and I now begin to understand more about this art.
A really great day in a brilliant setting. If you're thinking about this, I'd certainly suggest you go for it. A wonderful Birthday present.
I spent a day with Chris learning not only blacksmithing techniques and producing two pieces that I am extremely happy with, but also learning some of the history behind it.
Chris is a very patient and encouraging teacher complimented by his knowledge.
I throughly recommend Chris' course (even though I want to keep it to myself because he is already very popular and I can't wait to go back!)
Thanks for a great day, Chris
A truly great experience from start to finish, Chris is very patient and knowledgeable and has a passion for his art.
It is crazy how you can manipulate a pice of steel from a straight bar into a finished piece.
I would highly recommend a day in Chris's forge.
I bought the two person experience for myself and my husband for his birthday as it was something he'd always wanted to try.
The forge was in an idyllic location and easy to find and thankfully the weather wasn't too hot.
I was initially worried that I wouldn't have the strength needed for it as I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, but Chris was so helpful, he let us go at our own pace as well as suggesting different tools and techniques I could use to make the task easier.
If you want to start to learn what is a very skilled craft I can't recommend Chris enough. He is friendly, knowledgeable and even though your arm might ache the next day (mine did!) it is worth it, just to see what you can produce under the supervision of a professional.
My husband and I were given this experience as a present by our youngest daughter. I must admit we didn't have it on our wish list, but we consider ourselves to be very hands on, having spent the last 5 years enjoying updating our property, so were intrigued. The location of Chris' workshop, although just a few minutes off the motorway, was beautiful. Lovely countryside and based on an idyllic little farm (now used as a cattery). Kind of just what you would expect a Blacksmiths Forge to look like. Chris was so welcoming and within minutes it was obvious that he knew his craft inside out and had a real passion, not only for his art, but for teaching novices like us. After a thorough health and safety brief and an introduction to the workshop we were off. I had no idea just how involved turning a piece of metal into a leaf key-ring could be, but between the fire and hammer blows we managed it, although it took most of the day! Chris was so obliging and helped us create some additional hooks for my husbands' workshop, plus some lamp holders for the garden, which we are both thrilled with. It was a full and enjoyable day, which flew by. Chris is a really personable and patient instructor and we came away with a real insight and respect for this wonderful traditional craft and the skills required. Forget the mass produced - stick with the real thing!! I'm looking forward to seeing Chris at the 3 counties showground and would highly recommend this experience - give it a go, or treat someone - you/they won't regret it!! Thanks again Chris.
I went on this course with my son and had a really enjoyable day. We both got a lot out of the course and Chris was a great teacher, explaining and demonstrating as we went. Would recommend.
Chris is an excellent tutor who goes at your pace. He demonstrates and immediately lets you copy the process. I had an excellent day at the forge and was thrilled to be able to strike hot metal and learn many processes. Highly recommended
The day with Chris was even better than I had hoped for. I had no prior smithing experience, but within minutes of arriving Chris got me started on making the first item and we hardly stopped all day. Chris is a top teacher, very friendly and patient, and his style of demonstrating the technique and then getting you to put it into practice on your own piece suited me perfectly. By the end of the day I had made three very different pieces using a variety of techniques. I highly recommend Chris and his course.
I spent the day with my Dad at Chris 's forge last week and had an absolutely brilliant day. We learnt so much and were able to make handles for a project we were doing at home so a double whammy for us. We would recommend anyone to try their hand with Chris. You won't be disappointed
My husband and I spent a day with Chris in his forge and what a super time we had. This is a hands on, full day with patient expert instruction from a really friendly guy who is passionate about his craft. The course is good value for money and you come away with your hand crafted items. You are instructed through a number of elements safely and learn all about different techniques. This is a course I highly recomend, you will definitely enjoy it and go home satisfied.
My husband and son have spent a pleasant day with Chris and are very happy with their creations
An absolutely fantastic day. My fiancé bought me a day session with Chris for my birthday - turned up at 9 and was swinging a hammer about 10 minutes later. Chris supported and kept me challenged throughout the day. All in all we managed to finish 3 items - a key ring, knife and dragon head. Chris was patient, thoughtful and great company - he even gave me plenty of tips about how to set up my own forge. Thoroughly recommended!
Never bashed hot metal before and Chris took me from a cold (it was chilly) standing start from 'toolbox talk' to making three forge welded chain links in no time. Had enough time after to make the leaf key ring too - all in a morning session. Excellent tutor, hugely knowledgeable and experienced blacksmith.
No hesitation recommending him. I had a thoroughly brilliant time!
Had a brilliant day learning how manipulate metal. Chris is a great teacher and me and my dad both managed to make a leaf key ring and a fire poker. I would recommend this course to anyone!!! i cant stress how enjoyable it was. *****
After a previous day with Chris, i asked for another day as a christmas pressie.......well worth it, pushed my limited skills to the limit. Chris has the ability to bring the best out in his students.....an excellent tutor. Can't recommend this course enough.
I was bought a beginners day with Chris by my girlfriend and had an amazing day.
Chris is an excellent teacher with the right balance of instruction/showing you how and letting you loose on your own (with a helpful eye and tips). His passion for smithing is very apparent and adds to the experience through his stories about smithing and generous enthusiasm. He is a very friendly and knowledgeable tutor.
I can't recommend this course enough. I came away with some handmade items, a whole new love of metal and a burning (no pun intended) desire to do some more. Blacksmithing is such a rewarding and interesting art and Chris gives a perfect introduction to it. I shall be going back for a more advanced day soon I am sure. Hold it, Heat it, Hit it!
What a terrific day! We enjoyed ourselves and learnt so much. Chris is a great teacher - patient, practical and inspirational and very much recommended for anyone who has even thought of trying blacksmithing. Chris takes you through step-by-step with no pressure and we are delighted with our beginners' efforts. We are definitely booking again.5
What a fantastic experience. I finally plucked up the courage to book myself on to a half day experience with Chris and wasn't disappointed. Patient and extremely knowledgable Chris made sure that this was a thoroughly enjoyable half day. I'd highly recommend this and am hoping to return for s full day next time - although knowing how busy and popular he is this might not be for some time!
Had a fantastic day learning basic blacksmithing from Chris and would recommend anyone to book a lesson.
Chris is happy to answer any questions about smithing and gives a choice of things to make in the afternoon. Time permitting.
Couldnt ask for a better teacher.
Will book again in the future.
I booked this course as a gift for my boyfriend Ian. Chris is an extremely gifted blacksmith combined with excellent teaching skills - this rare combination makes working with him not only instructive but also a pleasure. His love for his craft is obvious and he worked with us really well so that we got even more than we expected out of the day. Thank you so much - Ian is going back in January for another dose!
I bought a course as a gift for my partner. As two 'retirees' we wondered how we would get on with the physicality. We need not have been concerned as we had a really great day each making a leaf key ring and jointly making a poker with ornamentation. Chris is a first class teacher demonstrating and describing each stage of the project clearly. While we were making our items he was helpful and supportive giving us real hands on experience. We would thoroughly recommend this course.
Chris's day course for two people is superb. My wife and I, both complete beginners, were taken through a range of techniques to each forge two items at a pace which was spot on for both of us. Chris was attentive and explained exactly what we had to do in easy stages, giving detailed explanations of both how and why. Throughout the day Chris was both patient and encouraging -a fantastic teacher/instructor.
We started the day making leaf key rings and under Chris's tutorship both produced ones we were please with from a bar of iron by early afternoon. We were then asked what we wish to make next and at our suggestion made two mushroom ornaments. These now look fantastic on our mantlepiece at home.
Chris is also fountain of knowledge -we now know the origin of phrases such as "too many irons in the fire". We recommend the day without reservation. Thank you Chris
I booked a one day course for two with Chris for my partner's birthday, and Chris was very helpful and accommodating throughout the process, finding a day that suited all of us as well as providing information on how to get to his forge by public transport.
We couldn't have asked for a better experience. The forge is in an outbuilding on a farm - it looks and feels exactly like you expect a forge should. Chris is really easy to get along with and has an excellent teaching style, adapting to the needs of each student individually as they work. The starter projects are pitched at just the right level to teach you the basic skills of the smith, and by the afternoon we were both a lot more confident working the hot steel.
We were a bit slow getting started and so broke for lunch fairly late. But Chris allowed the day to run well past the time we supposed to finish in order for us to finish the letter opener we had started on, rather than leaving us with a half finished project at the end of the course.
All round it was an excellent day and I would have no hesitation recommending this to anyone interested in learning how to be a blacksmith.
My dad and I had a great day being introduced to the basics of the craft.
Chris is very welcoming and an excellent teacher, allowed us to go at our own pace. The leaf key-rings are a good example to begin with as you learn a variety of techniques in one piece. Also very happy with how our coat hooks turned out and I can confirm that the 'rustic' bottle-opener works perfectly.
Cannot recommend this course enough, thank you!
My son and I had a great time and I now receive the daily question of "when can we go again Dad?"
Chris is a great teacher, very patient but didn't take over, even when I thought things were going south. In the end we were really amazed we managed to make the items and proud of what we did. Certainly learnt plenty and went home pretty tired.
This is the best one-day course that I have ever been on!
Chris is a proper, methodical trainer who is flexible and leads you through every step using demonstrations and examples. This is an extremely hands-on course. Chris is quick to adapt to you and the day flew by for me. I experienced a comfortable learning environment with lots of two-way communication to make things clear for me and Chris made me feel right at home.
I had some great conversations with him and Chris has many good stories about blacksmithing down the ages that I really enjoyed. Chris' passionate knowledge of history and metallurgy shines through and he has a good way of explaining what we do to the metal with clear intuitive phrases and sketches. I genuinely had a lot of fun and a lot of exercise hammering, but it never felt like hard work thanks to Chris!
I had never done metalwork before this course and Chris filled me with confidence and inspiration!
I received a voucher for this course for my birthday and took my Dad for Father's Day. Both of us had been interested in doing something like this for a while and we had high expectations, which the course more than met. Chris was extremely patient, calm and capable and found ways of explaining techniques to both of us that met our individual pace/needs. We were offered a choice of projects to make and were thrilled with our completed items at the end of the day. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
I booked this course as a 16th birthday present for my daughter, something for us both to go and try together. The authentic forge workshop setting is great and we had a lovely day heating, beating and crafting the steel with Chris patiently teaching by demonstration. I am really pleased with what we managed to achieve in the session and Chris's starter projects are pitched at just the right level and leave you with a couple of lovely practical souvenirs at the end of the day.
I am considering bringing my sons along next time!
I went on a course for 2 people, as I went with my mate, and it was a fantastic day.
We learnt a huge range of techniques for blacksmithing and had a wonderful time. During the entire day Chris was very informative and very easy to get on with, and he has a natural talent as a teacher. Absolutely worth the price paid and I am looking forward to booking a second course to go back for more!
Blacksmithing certainly feels primal and it's fascinating to see how steel moves under the heat. If you want to try something different but seriously enjoyable give this a go!
Had an absolutely fantastic day. Chris has a natural talent for teaching and was very patient throughout the day. He helps to guide you back on track when you've gone wrong without doing anything for you. As well as his technical knowledge, Chris is a top bloke, really easy to get on with and he made me feel right at home.
Could not recommend the course enough, I'm hoping to return soon with my brother-in-law.
I Wanted to try a blacksmithing experience, I looked online and found this course. I can highly recommend the course as Chris is a very helpful and a patient teacher and works with you in a step by step manner so you can fully understand the processes and produce two professional pieces of work.
If you want to try your hand at blacksmithing this is an excellent course to have a go.
An excellent course and a fantastic day
Chris is a skilled blacksmith, a great teacher and made us feel at ease straight away. I booked this as a birthday present for my Dad and when booking Chris suggested I came along as well and we did the course for two - I'm so glad I did ! If you have never done it you should try it there is something elemental and quite amazing about heating up metal and being able to shape and bend it almost like plasticine. We went at a nice relaxed pace Chris demonstrating when each of us taking turns on our own work. We made an artistic leaf shaped keying although you are hitting things with a hammer its quite delicate work. The highlight for me was having a go a fire welding - where you almost melt the metal and the sparks really fly ! I've looked back at the photos while I was doing it and I'm grinning from ear to ear. Definitely Recommended.
I enjoyed a full day with Chris, finding time to make a few items and practice some other forge work skills too.
This is a brilliant course. Chris is a gentle and inspiring teacher who took us from complete novices to making two pieces of finished work. Blacksmithing is primal. Heat. Metal. Hammers. We loved it.
The venue is a working forge - no frills, basic and authentic.
What a fantastic day! We had a course for 2 people today and have already talked about going back!
Chris was very helpful right from the start, answering any questions I had by email, then once I booked sent across very helpful directions and advice about what to werar/expect.
We arrived a little early and were instantly made to feel welcome, after going through health and safety we got stared, making a leaf keyring, which Chris demonstrate a couple of steps then we had a go, one at a time, with as much or little help as we needed, there were a couple a things I struggled with and Chris immediately tried other techniques so I could manage it, without ever making me feel bad! We then went on to make candlesticks and a bookmark each, but we're given lots of other options. Any questions we had were answered happily, and nothing seemed like too much trouble.
I would 100% reccomend going here! Thank you Chris! :-)
Learnt a wide variety of blacksmithing techniques during our day with Chris. We booked a day for 2 for my boyfriend's birthday and well worth the money. We drove up from Cardiff and found it easily thanks to Chris' directions to his workshop, which is located in a picturesque farm. It focused nicely on the 4 main techniques and progressed at a comfortable pace throughout the day as Chris guided us through the otherwise daunting art of blacksmithing.
Highly recommended for anyone that is curious about blacksmithing, or metal work in general. Chris is a passionate teacher who was patient with me, and answered all the questions my boyfriend had about the subject with great enthusiasm.
We finished our day with leaf keyrings that really surprised us with how much learnt in just one day, they were far better than we ever could of imagined at the start when we were just hitting a metal rod. With the spare time we had at the end, Chris showed us techniques of fire welding, and even let my boyfriend have a go himself!
Chris also showed us his artwork, and talked us through the processes he went through for designing and making the pieces, wonderful to see such care and attention to detail using the tools around him and his own ingenuity.
All in all a fabulous day out, and would definitely go again.