Forget the idea of blacksmithing being big, sweaty men beating lumps of hot steel with large hammers. Forged steel can be as light and delicate or as substantial as you wish. It is a wonderful media with which to work, it can be bent, twisted, tapered, split, punched etc. Learn these basic techniques then combine them to produce your hand crafted piece, your imagination is your limit. Courses are suitable for those of an artistic nature (perhaps visit the British Artists Blacksmiths Association web site for inspiration) or anyone just wanting to try their hand at a new craft. Engineers or mechanics might wish to add an extra skill. Catering for complete beginners or those with some experience, you can be assured of an interesting and productive day. Surprise present. Do you want to surprise someone with the gift of a days blacksmithing experience but don't know which days they might be free/ Simply book a random date and as confirmation we receive each others details. I can then send you a printable customised invitation Gift Certificate. After you give it to the recipient they can contact me and change the date to whatever is convenient. There is no charge for this service. A full day course covering: - Forge fire management - Instruction in the basic forging techniques - Drawing down - Upsetting - Hole punching - Splitting - Riveting etc. Choose one or more items that you might expect to complete in the time available and “away you go”! Bring your own idea and we’ll see if it’s feasible. This course is for two students to attend together, but I do offer one-to-one tuition just see my other courses. Course structure and times are variable and can be tailored to your requirements. Evenings and weekends available.
What's included in the price?
All tools, materials, protective wear (safety glasses, apron) and insurance is provided. Stout footwear and work type clothes required, no nylon etc. – expect sparks! Free tea and coffee all day. Bring a packed lunch or there is an excellent pub for lunches in the village (1/2 mile) and a Spar shop or a very good chip shop nearby (1/2 mile).
1 day (flexible times to suit)
Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts