Course Start Dates
Monday 5th February 2018
Friday 9th February 2018
Friday 19th October 2018
Saturday 17th November 2018
This one day course introduces the basic skills of Blacksmithing, a trade that used to be found in every village and was at the heart of countryside life for hundreds of years. You will learn about managing the forge and heating your steel to around 1200 degrees Celsius. Discover the techniques of drawing down and shaping the metal on the anvil – then bending, forming and quenching your work until it is transformed from a length of steel bar into your own unique hook or candle holder!
The course is limited to just 3 participants so that each person has their own anvil to work on throughout the day. The morning session will allow you to get used to heating and working the metal and by lunchtime you will have forged a rustic style hook. The afternoon will continue to develop your skills and by the end of the day you will have created an impressive spiral candle holder – we will even provide the beeswax candle to go in it!
This day is suitable for everyone; a lot of blacksmithing is about technique and making sure the steel is heated to the right temperature before working it …. not about using heavy hammers and hitting the metal very hard! We recommend that people take part in this introductory course before attending the intermediate ‘Rose Making’ day.
Trading Places is based within the beautiful surroundings of the Stanwick Lakes nature reserve, in the heart of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley. All the courses take place in and around our purpose built green oak Training Barn. Course places can be booked for one or more people depending on availability. However, if you are looking for a larger group booking (such as a work team building event, a group of friends or an alternative hen or stag 'do') we are very happy to discuss your requirements with you.
If your selected course is already fully booked please do contact us as we sometimes organise additional courses during the year to meet demand.
What's included in the price?
Tools, materials and safety equipment are provided for all courses. Participants are simply asked to bring their own supply of enthusiasm and a packed lunch! (we provide tea and coffee during the courses).
A well presented and executed course.
Content was sufficient to lead the student into each step with adequate knowledge and skill for the task ahead.
Good premises well laid out for adequate space for the number of students.
An enjoyable day .
Thoroughly enjoyed myself, left with the confidence that I could actually make something. Learning that I could control the heating up of a particular part of the metal by cooling either side was especially useful. Stuart was excellent and I enjoyed meeting the others on the course.
I arrived 10 minutes late due to traffic. However, soon down to a quick brief on H&S. Kit on and away we went.
What a great day I had and my wife was very appreciative of the goodies I brought home, after all she had brought me the course as a birthday present.
Stuart is very competent instructor with a good sense of humour and easy manner.
Thanks for the brilliant tuition and no my wife tells me I may not get a forge in the back garden.
A big thank you to stuart and his team at the trading post. I had such an exciting time learning to use the forge and trying to make the metal do what I wanted (badly).Stuart was patient,witty and very knowledgable and helped us get through to the final result.i throughly enjoy my day and would highly recommend it to anyone to give it try.
Great day blacksmithing. Really enjoyed it. Good teacher and with only 3 students, it worked very well and tuition was just right. Good to take home two really decent handmade pieces which friends and family were most impressed by. Do you do a second level course? It would be fun to keep going a bit and learn some other slightly more advanced techniques.
This is an excellent introductory day to basic blacksmithing. The course was limited to 3 persons and with 2 instructors on hand you couldn't go wrong. Within 10-15 minutes of arriving we were heating up our metal in the furnace and taking our first tentative steps into shaping a hook. Then later in the day as our confidence and ability improved we progressed to a very presentable candlestick holder. The instructors were approachable, patient and knowledgeable always on hand to assist you and I cannot recommend this excellent introductory day to an age old craft enough so thanks to Stuart and Mark.
A really enjoyable and productive day. Ideal groups size.
Trainers (Tutors / Instructors ?) had a good balance between standing back while we practiced : and stepping in, gently but firmly, when in danger of making a complete hash.
With result that we all came away with presentable products and self confidence intact !
Good venue with parking charges included and discounted snack lunch option.
My son attended a one day introductory blacksmith course.
Firstly the course is reasonably priced, and not over subscribed.
Jack came home with his hook and candleholder and explained in detail the processes involved in its making. I have never seen him so pleased with himself. He has already said he wants to go on any other days that are available. On a personal note the Smith showed me around the forge when I arrived and talked with enthusiasm to me.
Can't rate this highly enough. EXCELLENT
Brilliant course, very knowledgeable tutor, went at just the right pace for everybody. Thoroughly enjoyed the day and came away feeling like I'd really achieved something. Looking forward to doing the green oak chair course.