Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
Hammer Skills are Blacksmithing Courses, run in conjunction with and designed to compliment the courses run by Colin White FWCF of Anvilsring. (Blacksmithing Courses North West UK on this site). The courses are run by Bob Pickard RSS and concentrate on the basic skills required to enable students to progress onto more intricate forge work. One on one tuition.
If you are struggling with the production of forged ironwork to the standards you require, back to basics may be the answer. If you are interested in trying your hand at forge work the basic skills are essential and give a good grounding in order to move on to the more technical elements of the blacksmiths work. .
The courses are run in a relaxed manner with easy to follow instruction and techniques with the objective of instilling conﬁdence in the student’s ability to progress to more detailed forge work.
Depending on their progress, students will be instructed in the forging of points, square, round and chisel and the production of rings, staples and ﬁgures of 8.
The course starts with hand held metal and moves on to holding the metal in the tongs. Students are instructed on how to set a pair of tongs and when your skills are adequate shown the techniques used in the production of a pair of tongs.
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 your own cold drinks.
What an excellent course this is. Took my son for a taster half day and he loved it. Bob is excellent and obviously very experienced and a great teacher. I was that impressed I will be booking a go in the not to distant future!!
Second Round - Great again!
Visited Bob for another 2-day class of basic blacksmithing a few weeks ago. Among a lot of things and thoughts for the purpose of a freshen up the first course experience , a tremendous amount of new helpful advises to learn and gain further basic knowledge of ” how to do blacksmithing” properly. Thanks Bob!
Had a great day with Bob learned more in a day than a month of watching youtube vids. if you get the basics right, all the rest just falls into place kid really recommend this course for anyone starting Smithing
Absolutely amazing. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Bob picard, who was a very good instructor. Complete patience with me, even when I was struggling. I was made to feel comfortable in every aspect of what we did. Also I would like to add, Bob made me look for my own mistakes, this i believe makes everyone get a better grip on what it is they are doing. I would do it all again, and from this experience will one day open my own forge.
As someone who has enjoyed blacksmithing before, I went along to a 1 day hammer skills course to get a bit better at it. Bob proved to be an excellent instructor, patiently guiding me through figuring out my own mistakes and giving me the principles needed to improve. I left with plenty of tricks to help with my own practice, a working pair of tongs, and a far better understanding of how to make them. I thoroughly enjoyed my day at the forge and I'd recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve their skills, as well as beginners who want to get the best possible start - I wish I'd done it sooner!
I went on the introductory course to blacksmithing, had an excellent day, with great tuition thanks Colin. Brilliant atmosphere, I came home with a fantastic poker and a boot scraper. Thanks for a great day.
This hammer skills course suits in my opinion perfect for everybody who seriously wants to learn
the essentials of blacksmithing. It`s a well-conceived setup based on practical experience.
I really enjoyed the two days with Bob as a fabulous teacher.
A great craftsman with patience and a good humour. Thanks Bob!
My son Ted attended this course in the summer after he declared that he wanted to train to become a Blacksmith. This was just the kind of introduction we wanted to him to experience to see if he was serious! I must say that the course was impeccably organised and impeccably carried off by Bob and his forge partner. Ted came home after a full day's work, battered and bloodied but clutching a toasting fork and wearing a huge grin on his face. Bob was a marvellous instructor, so much so that Ted is keen to go back and undertake a few more days work to further hone his enthusiasm.
Thank you Bob!
A great introductory course to blacksmithing. Bob the instructor made the day pleasant and instructive with a good atmosphere and plenty of tea! I came home with an aching arm, a bottle opener, a coat hook and a poker. Thanks Bob for a great day.